A traffic court in Switzerland has handed down a $290,000 speeding ticket fine. Judges at the cantonal court in St. Gallen, Switzerland, based the record-breaking fine on the speeder’s estimated wealth of over $20 million. The wealthy speeder was found guilty of driving up to 35 miles an hour faster than the 50-mile-an-hour limit. The fine was more than twice the previous Swiss record of about $107,000.
The man was reportedly caught driving a red Ferrari Testarossa through a Swiss village. The fine was determined based the motorist’s wealth and driving record. He had a prior speeding ticket on his record.
In contrast, in New York, 85/50 would be an 8-point ticket, carry about a $300 fine plus a $450 driver assessment fee.
Hopefully, the DMV will not hear this story and raise (yet again) fines here in New York.
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Finland has a similar law basing the value of the penalty on your reported income.