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mr. tegu
06-21-2012, 02:40 PM
I searched and couldn't find this anywhere. I just found this to be quite interesting and was wondering what the rest of you thought about this. I know these articles are old but I couldn't find anything more recent.

(01-11) 04:00 PDT Geneva --

European countries are increasingly pegging speeding fines to income as a way to punish wealthy scofflaws who would otherwise ignore tickets.

Advocates say a $290,000 speeding ticket slapped on a millionaire Ferrari driver in Switzerland was a fair and well-deserved example of the trend.

Germany, France, Austria and the Nordic countries also issue punishments based on a person's wealth. In Germany the maximum fine can be as much as $16 million compared to only $1 million in Switzerland. Only Finland regularly hands out similarly hefty fines to speeding drivers, with the current record believed to be a $190,000 ticket in 2004.

The Swiss court appeared to set a world record when it levied the fine in November on a man identified in the Swiss media only as "Roland S." Judges in the eastern canton of St. Gallen described him as a "traffic thug" in their verdict, which only recently came to light.

"As far as we're concerned this is very good," said Sabine Jurisch, a road safety campaigner with the Swiss group Road Cross.

She said rich drivers were lightly punished until Swiss voters approved a 2007 penal law overhaul that let judges hand down fines based on personal income and wealth for moderate misdemeanors including excessive speeding and drunken driving. Before, they had to assign relatively small fixed penalties or - rarely - a few days in prison.

"It wasn't about making the punishment harsher or lighter, but more sensible," said Heinz Sutter, an official at the Swiss Justice Ministry.

In the latest Swiss case, the court took into account the man's history of similar offenses, the high speed with which he drove through a small village (60 mph, nearly twice the 30 mph limit) and his estimated personal wealth of over $20 million.

"The accused unscrupulously and without obvious reason, probably out of pure desire for speed, used a powerful vehicle to break elementary traffic rules," the court said, noting that the man could have risked the lives of pedestrians and other drivers.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/10/MNHO1BG9K1.DTL#ixzz1ySiPJ6Nx

And another example: http://www.globalmotors.net/finnish-millionaire-gets-111888-euro-speeding-ticket/

06-21-2012, 02:43 PM
i'm so broke they'd have to pay me for speeding.

06-21-2012, 03:02 PM
You know Obama is jerking in the corner to this article.

06-21-2012, 03:06 PM
You know Obama is jerking in the corner to this article.

It's just a shake weight.

06-21-2012, 03:09 PM
I like the idea. Makes perfect sense to me.

mr. tegu
06-21-2012, 03:32 PM
I am sure these fines contribute to their good education and health systems. IIRC Finland has one of the best health systems there is. Right?