Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket? How much was the fine? Well, you might consider yourself lucky after learning today’s automotive fun fact! Most speeding fines top out at $2,500 in the United States. In other parts of the world, speeding tickets can cost much more. We asked our Facebook followers which country has handed out the highest speeding ticket and offered a $25 Home Depot gift card as a prize.
So what’s the answer?
In 2010, Switzerland handed out a world-record $1 Million fine to a Swedish driver who was caught driving 180 miles per hour. In Switzerland, the fines are determined by a calculation based on the driver’s income and the speed recorded by police. The driver was driving a new Mercedes Benz SLS AMG. He blamed his speed on a faulty speedometer.
Some other countries also base the fine on the driver’s income. Prior to 2010, Finland held the world record for the highest speeding ticket after charging Jussi Salonoja $200,000 for driving 50 mph in 25 mph zone.
Moving to North America, Canada’s fines typically do not go above $1,000 but the limit is $25,000. There are many cases where drivers will pay up to $12,000 for speeding. So for those of you who would like to “put the pedal to the metal” on some of Canada’s straight and often empty freeways, we suggest you remember this blog post!
Congratulations to Alys Radosevic, she won our $25 Home Depot Gift Card!