Dutch police hand out fewer ID fines

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The Netherlands sees a substantial decline in its “ID law” fines.

The Hague -- The number of fines attributed to the Dutch identification law has fallen dramatically since its implementation in 2005.

The law requires all people above the age of 14 to carry an official identification document. Police have the authority to issue fines if a person is unwilling or unable to identify himself; however, officers can only ask for identification if a person is suspected of having committed an offence.

The number of people fined has fallen from around 58,000 in 2005 to around 22,000 in 2008.

Most people are asked to identify themselves because they are suspected of public drunkenness, public urination or driving without a license.

Around half of those fined refuse to pay.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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