Do you have a lead foot? Are you always tempted to put the "pedal to the metal" when you see an empty stretch of road? Yeah, me too. But unless I know it's safe and/or I won't get caught, I generally don't cave to the temptation.
I'll start off with my own country where I was born and raised. On the playground was where I spent most of my days. Then a couple of guys (who were up to no good) started making trouble in the neighborhood. I got in one little fight and my mom got scared, and said "you're moving in with your auntie and uncle in [some Canadian city that rhymes with Bel Air]. So anyways, on the way there, the cab driver got a $25,000 fine for speeding.
Okay, the story was a joke obviously, but the maximum fine for speeding in Alberta, Canada is really $25,000!
In 2002, a gentleman in Finland managed to get himself a $200,000 USD fine! How is this possible, you ask? Well as it turns out, Denmark calculates their fines largely on the net income of the motorist. This fine was issued in 2002, and the net income of the speeder was said to be over 11 million dollars (USD).
$2500 marks the maximum fine in the US. I personally think the fine should be increased, but I suppose it rests at that amount for a reason which I wasn't able to determine. I suppose speeding is very common? Can anyone shed some light on this situation?
Iceland and Norway
How about 10% of your annual income, plus jail time? Yep, that's right! If you get caught for excessive speeding on their motorways, you'll get a mandatory 18 day jail sentence, in addition to any license suspensions and/or community service the court deems necessary.
The United Kingdom
Most of the UK's speeding tickets are enforced by speeding cameras and are generally around $100 USD. However, the driver of a Porsche 911 who was caught doing 172 mph in rural Britain in 2007 can tell you what the maximum fine is - $8000 USD. He received that fine in addition to spending 10 weeks in jail.
Almost every other country I researched has really low fines, and aren't really worth mentioning.
Question of the day: what's the largest speeding ticket you've ever received?
I'll start with mine - $0 since I've never been caught....
Also, would the deterrent of fines be less necessary with better drivers education training? Perhaps if all instructors were as qualified as the man in the picture below, no one would speed at all!