Germany is seeing a spike in illegal and often deadly street racing. A Berlin court has handed down murder sentences in a fatal case. Until now prosecutors had usually sought manslaughter convictions. Public opinion on tougher sentencing is divided.
The German parliament's upper house sharpened traffic-related punishments, including a prohibition on face coverings while driving. It's being seen as a ban on burqas and niqabs — and one Muslim organization isn't happy.
Berlin's regional court has convicted two men of murder after killing a 69-year-old motorist in an illegal car race on the capital's Kurfürstendamm. The perpetrators, both in their 20s, will face life imprisonment.
A German court has sentenced the dispatcher to over three years in jail for negligence leading to the deadly Bad Aibling train crash. The driver admitted to a series of errors, including playing a game on his cellphone.
Germany's upper house of parliament wants to introduce harsher penalties for illegal car racing. This has been prompted by numerous speeding incidents, particularly in city centers, many of which have ended in death.
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