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Autobahnpolizei
Autobahnpolizei
is the term in Germany, Austria and the German-speaking parts of Switzerland for the highway patrol. Heavy traffic and high-speed accidents resulted in the creation of special police units to patrol the expressways known as Autobahnen.

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1 Organisation 2 Operations 3 Media 4 See also 5 External links

Organisation[edit] Although the autobahns are federal roads, the Autobahnpolizei
Autobahnpolizei
are always part of the state police ( Landespolizei
Landespolizei
in Germany or Kantonspolizei in Switzerland). Operations[edit] Autobahnpolizei
Autobahnpolizei
officers facilitate and regulate the flow of traffic, help motorists whose vehicles have broken down on the Autobahn
Autobahn
and rapidly respond to accidents. Vehicle safety checks and crime prevention at rest stops are also part of the Autobahnpolizei
Autobahnpolizei
duties. Investigation sections probe crime at rest stops and the movement of criminals and smugglers on the Autobahn, often together with German Customs. The Autobahnpolizei
Autobahnpolizei
also use fast unmarked vehicles with video cameras discreetly mounted front and back to follow and film reckless drivers and speeders. Approximately 30% of autobahns in Germany have a compulsory and permanent speed limit of 130 km/h (80 mph) or less, primarily in urban areas. On the remainder, the 130 km/h speed limit is only advisory. Media[edit]

Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei
Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei
is a German television series about a two-man team of Autobahnpolizei
Autobahnpolizei
first set in Berlin then later in North Rhine-Westphalia.

See also[edit]

Highway patrol
Highway patrol
(USA) Road policing unit (UK) Traffic corps (Ireland)

External links[edit]

Media related to Autobahnpolizei
Autobahnpolizei
at Wikimedia Commons Polizei.de (in German)

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Law enforcement in Germany

Federal

Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz Bundeskriminalamt Bundespolizei (incl. ASSIK and GSG 9) Feldjäger Küstenwache Z Commission Zollkriminalamt (incl. ZUZ)

State police forces

Baden-Württemberg Bavaria Berlin Brandenburg Bremen Hamburg Hesse Lower Saxony Mecklenburg-Vorpommern North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland-Palatinate Saarland Saxony Saxony-Anhalt Schleswig-Holstein Thuringia

Special
Special
units or branches

Arrest unit
Arrest unit
(incl. BFE+) Autobahnpolizei Bereitschaftspolizei Kriminalpolizei Landeskriminalamt Schutzpolizei Special
Special
Deployment Commando Wasserschutzpolizei

Local public order forces

Stadtpolizei

Other

Bahnpolizei (until 1992) Bundesgrenzschutz
Bundesgrenzschutz
(until 2005) Polizei beim D

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