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Old 08-12-2010, 07:46 PM
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....handed out in Switzerland today.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/mp/7755...speeding-fine/

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A Swedish man has been handed a speeding ticket of $1.13 million - thought to be the world's largest ever fine.It's understood the 36-year-old was caught on a highway between Bern and Lausanne in Switzerland, driving at two and a half times the speed limit.
Swiss speeding fines take earnings into account, so the Mercedes-Benz owner was left with the highest possible penalty.
It was calculated as 300 days worth of a $3,764 daily fine.
The speed limit on Switzerland's motorways is 74.5mph (120km/h), but prosecutors claim he was caught driving at 186mph, in a car capable of 197mph.
Officials say that's the fastest speed anyone in Switzerland has ever been caught driving.
He avoided a number of speed traps as he was travelling too fast for the cameras.
The driver has reportedly claimed that the car's new speedometer was faulty.
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:04 AM
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I thought 95 in a 65 zone was bad but I just pulled over and got off with a warning.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:37 AM
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I have had faulty speedo's, but never one off by over 100 mph.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:45 AM
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I thought 95 in a 65 zone was bad but I just pulled over and got off with a warning.
Did you swallow or just wipe it off?

In Colorado you woulda been cuffed and stuffed. They treat speeders like rapists and murderers here.
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I have had faulty speedo's, but never one off by over 100 mph.
Ya, you can't tell you are going that fast? Fawk, the scenery would be impossible to see, it would just be a blur.
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More socialism at work. Stick it to the rich guy because he can afford it. What the hell does income have to do with it? I despise the "ability to pay" BS the socialists like to use. So if you are a speeding deadbeat you get off for $20? Of course a speeding deadbeat is unlikely to be going 186....

Drive the speed limit for a few hours until you find a German autobahn, then open it up.
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:11 AM
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I disagree. It's about the time the rich actually had to account for their actions. For many years, they have been getting off because of their money and the working man has been shouldering the load.

I can live with speeders going 20-40 over but a 100mph over? That's just stupid and irresponsible. If he had been in an accident, everybody would have been killed.
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More socialism at work. Stick it to the rich guy because he can afford it. What the hell does income have to do with it? I despise the "ability to pay" BS the socialists like to use. So if you are a speeding deadbeat you get off for $20? Of course a speeding deadbeat is unlikely to be going 186....
I think the argument is that for a fine of 200 bucks, speeding impacts the poor person much more then the rich person. Why should the impact of the punishment for a crime be less if you are rich? Does prosperity entitle you to feeling less pain for your illegal actions?

Interesting concept.
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I think the argument is that for a fine of 200 bucks, speeding impacts the poor person much more then the rich person. Why should the impact of the punishment for a crime be less if you are rich? Does prosperity entitle you to feeling less pain for your illegal actions?

Interesting concept.
Agreed. So you do like we had a judge to up here several years back to a group of Doctors and Lawyers up here hunting and got busted wanton waste of big game animals as they were trophy hunting. These guys all had deep pockets and flaunted it. Thats a longer story than I care to type here and now. Bottom line is they each got fine $1.00. Yep $1.00 dollar.... and 60 days in jail with none of it suspended!! Don't we all have the ability to do our time? Time is time right? Oh, so those guys thousand of $$$ a day instead of the $100 a day that most of us make. That judge made the day for alot of local hunters up here. Good to see one get it right for a change.
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I think the argument is that for a fine of 200 bucks, speeding impacts the poor person much more then the rich person. Why should the impact of the punishment for a crime be less if you are rich? Does prosperity entitle you to feeling less pain for your illegal actions?

Interesting concept.
Ok, here we go again.

You make the fines the same.
Why should a dead beat pay next to nothing when a rich guy has to pay out the nose. A fine is a fine. Period.
Don't care how much you have.
Now you can go with a graduating fine like colorado has.
If you are a super speeder (20 mph over), they arrest you, impound your car and take away your licence for a year. 2 offences and you go to jail.

Simply increase the fines based on the severity of the infraction.
In this case, the guy should have his car crushed in front of his eyes.
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