Driver caught taking pictures of car crash were offered to take photos by police  - ‘Shame on you’

Police in Germany fined driver £115 for taking photos

There were 407 road deaths last year compared with 385 in 2022

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Hemma Visavadia

By Hemma Visavadia


Published: 13/06/2024

- 14:50

The number of casualties on UK roads was up six per cent last year

Drivers who were caught taking pictures at the scene of a fatal crash were offered the chance to take photos of the body by a police officer.

Those who stopped at the site of a fatal crash and were seen taking photos of the accident were shown the deceased body by a police officer.


The crash, which took place in Germany saw a police officer escort a drivers he caught taking photos, over to the body on the floor.

But with a twist, once the men had viewed the body, the police officer slapped them with a £115 fine.

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Police officer recorded saying 'shame on you' to drivers who took photos

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The move hoped to not only deter the men from insensitively taking photos at the scene of the collision, but also to show them the reality of road fatalities.

The police officer Stefan Pfeiffer, was seen in a video saying: “Come on, I’ll show you something, do you want to see the dead people, make pictures?”

When the drivers in the video realise their mistake and apologised, Pfeiffer expressed, “Shame on you, – there he is, he’s lying there, do you want to see him?

“No, you don’t want to see him? Then why do you make pictures?”

The video, which was released in 2019, has been recirculated online and comes at the same time as the UK found pedestrian fatalities were up six per cent last year.

The latest stats from the Department for Transport found that there were 407 road deaths last year compared with 385 in 2022.

Last year, the Department recorded 132,063 casualties of all severities and 1,645 deaths on the road.

Pfeiffer explained that he aimed to show drivers the reality of traffic collisions and fatalities which unfortunately happen when drivers travel recklessly.

He added that by shocking them, the police force hoped it would make it clear that this is not a game but a bitter reality”.

Commenting on the high number of fatalities on UK roads, Simon Williams, RAC head of policy, said the data should be a “red flag” to the Government signifying "just how dangerous our roads still are”.

He said: “It’s extremely concerning that these figures have risen in the two years since the Highway Code was changed with a view to making the roads safer for the most vulnerable users.

“We hope there isn’t a negative link between the two, but with RAC research showing a third of drivers think pedestrians now face greater danger at junctions due to the changes, there seem to be questions that need answering.”

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Data recorded 414 female fatalities in 2023

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The data revealed that the number of female fatalities between the ages of zero and 16 increased by 17 per cent compared to 2022.

Meanwhile, the percentage of males within the same age group was up by a third (31 per cent) compared to the previous year.

Among the 414 female fatalities recorded in 2023, nearly four out of 10 were in the 70 and over age group.

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