A traffic warden who hit a motorist at a local air show had his fine reduced after he was provoked, reports say.
The driver, whose provocative behaviour police report contributed to the argument and lowered the penalty from 5,000 to 3,000 kroner , had stopped the car with his family to watch the air show at Sola, western Norway, when the attendant came over and told him he had to move his vehicle.
As he was leaving, the male motorist used his mobile to take pictures of the attendant, following him at a slow speed in the vehicle on their way out of the area.
What had started as a disagreement over parking rights and fees then ended with the attendant hitting the man in front of the motorist’s startled wife and two small children.
“It was unreal,” the driver told Stavanger Aftenblad. “I was sitting in the car and tried to lean away, but he struck me in the face with a clenched fist. The children screamed and cried in the back. It’s been a week since it happened but the two eldest are still scared. They talk about it in kindergarten and sleep badly at night.”
According to the driver, the warden had “suddenly came after the car” after his friends warned him he was being photographed, “and managed to turn off the ignition by leaning in. My wife managed to stop him taking the key.”
“It was then that I was hit in the face with a clenched fist. My wife yelled ‘are you mad?’ and ‘there are small children here’. He stepped back slightly whilst laughing at us. I’ve never experienced anything like it,” the motorist continued, claiming he did not feel the situation was particularly aggressive up to that point.
Apparently, the motorist has said he could see taking photographs with his mobile could be provocative, and the traffic warden has expressed remorse about his actions.
Nevertheless, he refuses to accept the fine, alleging the driver “was angry from the very start”, and that he had already let the family stay where they were with their car for two hours.
“He [the motorist] shouted out of the window that he wanted my name. Then I went over to his car to get hold of the mobile. I wanted to know what he was going to do with the pictures, and thought he was going to publish them on social media.”
“So I leant into the car, which is when he lost hold of his mobile, and he began driving towards the roundabout whilst I clung on. That’s when I lashed out. I don’t know if I touched anybody, but I did take a swing.”
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