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Swiss Millionaire Hit By Record Speed Fine 52

Posted by samzenpus
from the fight-the-ticket dept.
tugfoigel writes "A Swiss court has slapped a local millionaire with a record speeding fine of $290,000.The man was reportedly caught driving a red Ferrari Testarossa at 137km/h (85mph) through a village.The penalty was calculated based on the unnamed motorist's wealth — assessed by the court as $22.7m — and on his status as a repeat offender."

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Swiss Millionaire Hit By Record Speed Fine

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  • My word! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Suki I (1546431) on Friday January 08, 2010 @02:00PM (#30697314) Homepage Journal
    How can that possibly be fair? Wait! Now I know where to speed for cheap. Shouldn't be charging me more than about $5 for the same ticket ;)
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by hardburn (141468)

      The Swiss hate cars, even more than nanny-state California does. A 210+ mph ticket on a Veyron there had a max fine of $500 [jalopnik.com].

      • by Suki I (1546431)
        Then I better use the giant pickup truck :)
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by pydev (1683904)

        Yes, we hate cars going at 210mph or at 85mph through towns because they kill people

        He shouldn't have gotten a $500 fine, he should have lost his license and have his car impounded. Hopefully, next time he will.

      • Tell you what, you want to race around at high speed? Do what other responsible people do: rent some time at the track. Or, go make your own country and build your own roads. But if you want to drive on public roads, you play by our rules. Like it, lump it, or whine about it, them's the breaks, kid.

      • The Swiss hate cars, even more than nanny-state California does. A 210+ mph ticket on a Veyron there had a max fine of $500 [jalopnik.com].

        You've obviously never actually spent any time in California or you'd know that, in fact, the car totally rules!

        Try getting around most anywhere in this state other than San Francisco without one.

      • A ticket like that in CA would result in revocation of license, a criminal charge, mandatory jail time and fine many times that...and god help you if you so much as had a shot of NyQuil in you at the time.

        http://jalopnik.com/5318413/top-gear-played-by-bogus-210%252B-mph-bugatti-veyron-ticket-too [jalopnik.com]

    • In the Netherlands, that guy would just loose his car and his driver's licence. But for some inexplicable reason, I do not know of any country that would simply charge him for murder, because that is what it really is. Not knowing who exactly you are going to kill does not make it less murderous.
  • Don't speed in CH (Score:3, Informative)

    by ob0101011101 (590919) on Friday January 08, 2010 @03:46PM (#30698814)
    In Switzerland the people don't give way to the car, and it's a good thing. A typical village speed limit is 50km/h, or 30km/h in the single-lane back streets, so this guy was doing 2x or 3x the speed limit. Your typical Swiss village was laid-out 500 years before cars existed, and has narrow roads, no curb on the gutter, and twisty turns around houses etc. The children are encouraged to walk to school un-escorted from age 5 onwards (not be driven a few blocks in an 5 litre V8 "SUV" as in Australia), so there's a very real chance of someone distracted by a butterfly not crossing the road as well as they could. The speed limit on the highway is 120km/h. And FWIW, the curve to the speeding fines is very steep. My wife got a few ~5km/h over speeding fines and they were usually less than 50 franks (USD$50). But once you start getting > 30km/h over the posted limit, the fines get huge.
    • RTFA - he was going 85mph, which was reported as being 35mph over the limit (in non-american terms, he was going 137km/h in an 80km/h zone, 57km/h over). In Canada, going about 100-110 in an 80 zone is pretty normal, but a cop on a bad day will nail you for a couple hundred bucks. OTOH, there's a 'magic number', which happens to be 50km/h over the posted limit. Get caught doing that, you lose your car, your license and get slapped with a $10,000 fine. So, a Ferrari Testarossa goes for about $250,000 plus t
      • by mirix (1649853)
        Canada != Ontario.

        Even then, first offence is a $2k ... $10k fine, with a one week licence suspension and car impounding... they don't keep it.
  • by Jodka (520060) on Friday January 08, 2010 @04:46PM (#30699700)

    According to the values given in the article the amount of the penalty is about 1.3 percent of net worth. For those with a negative net worth because you have student loans, mortgages and credit card debt I recommend speeding through small villages in Switzerland. Because the penalty will be a negative amount, the government will pay you. Keep speeding until your net worth is $0.00 then stop.

    If you can not afford a car which reaches excessive speeds, take out a loan.

         

    • by Suki I (1546431)
      Suki likes! ;)
  • The Ferrari Testarossa [wikipedia.org] isn't a recent car nor a particular valuable Ferrari. The original model had 380 bhp and isn't terribly quick (acceleration-wise) by current standards, especially not compared to the pictured 599 GTB Fiorano.

    Ferraris have long gearing, so it would have been easier for this guy to hit 85 in town with a current Mustang GT than this old Ferrari.

    • The Ferrari Testarossa [wikipedia.org] isn't a recent car nor a particular valuable Ferrari. The original model had 380 bhp and isn't terribly quick (acceleration-wise) by current standards, especially not compared to the pictured 599 GTB Fiorano.

      Ferraris have long gearing, so it would have been easier for this guy to hit 85 in town with a current Mustang GT than this old Ferrari.

      Whatever. I bet you wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers.

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