Wednesday, January 19, 2011

World's Most Expensive Speeding Tickets

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.
As with most laws, the severity of speeding varies drastically across the globe. Although it's rare to see a maximum fine imposed for speeding, it's interesting to see how expensive these maximum fines can actually get. After some research, I found the following information...

Canada
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!

Denmark
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).

United States
$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!

51 comments:

  1. i never got one im a save driver (exept for a few really fun roads)

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  2. I've never met a fellow american who didn't speed

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  3. lol i just got one in the mail last night. 124 dollars. 20 over the speed limit

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  4. I think they are increasing the amount of speeding tickets they are dishing out to help out with the broke state's budget.

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  5. Damn, Iceland and Norway aren't fooling around!

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  6. yeah, im safe too. 0$ I just wear a dead beaver on my head and the cops know.. dont fuck with the guy with the dead beaver on his head...

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  7. wow, 25 grand... I guess you deserve that if you risked killing someone

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  8. I hate speeding tickets, but some of these people deserved what they got. I don't like Denmark's way of calculating the ticket based on net worth. That's pretty ridiculous. The poor can get away with speeding, but if you're rich, don't even think about it? Crazy.

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  9. That's kind of neat that in Denmark they calculate it based on your income.

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  10. Are there even cars on iceland?
    wonder how they deal with so much snow and ash

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  11. Yeah, there's a lot of speeding in the US.
    I got a ticket for $252 when I was going 92 in a 70 zone.

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  12. My record is $1100. Excessive speeding, failure to signal lane change, running a red light, performing a dangerous manouver. Did that when I was 18.

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  13. You wont catch me speeding in those countries, I can tell you that.

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  14. Whoa didn't expect that from Canada!

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  15. $150 for doing 92 mph in a 65 zone. Wife had been involved in an accident and I was admittedly being an idiot to get to her (thankfully I saw the cops strobes over the K-rail and slowed down from 110 ish :x). I have driven MUCH faster (over 150 mph in a Toyota with a TRD engine) and was luckily not caught nor did I wreck. I do not think "driver education is the way to go" I had a couple of low ball speeding tickets when I was younger and did the defensive driving class. And while the images they sometimes show are disturbing it did not "cure" my need for speed. I drive rather tame most of the time (within 10 mph of the posted speed limit) but I constantly see people FLY past me on my way to work. Im talking the same spot I got a ticket for I watch people do the same 90+ and not get caught. I think the answer is increased fines and enforcement. I watch cops watch people buzz them all the time.

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  16. They are quite expensive in Belgium, too. The minimum is always 25€ - but goes quickly up to 150€ and higher - much higher. And it's such a waste of money.

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  17. whooaah denmark is a crazy place. i will never go there even if i have the chance

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  18. yeah, but when has a speeding ticket actually prevented a crime? never. fucking jews!

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  19. Wow 25,000 that's crazy. Biggest one I ever received was around $250.00 but that was a long time ago

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  20. Sigh, I got Canadian Bel Air'ed.

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  21. whoaa and i thought it was bad here in New York City

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  22. holy fuck we American's get off damn light compared to the rest of the world! Oil companies that own the government probably want us to drive fast/use more gas and continue being all around dumbasses so...makes sense.

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  23. who the fuck would pay 200k for a ticket, when u can have the cop killed for like 24k.. especially in denmark.

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  24. That's why you should only speed while having a promiscuous attractive female in the passenger seat...

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  25. Maybe I should stop speeding... LOL!

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  26. glad i'm not residing in any of those countries.

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  27. In countries other than the US, like Iceland, are they really strict? As in most people stay under the posted limit and only those over are in danger of being ticketed? Or is it like in America, where most of the people are going over the speed limit, but only those like 15+ over are really in danger of getting a ticket

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  28. Nobody likes speeding tickets at all, but that doesn't stop them from being lead-footed. Americans are very lucky their traffic law is this light. I know us, Canadians, have more strict laws, but it really depends on the mood both you and the police officer are.

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