Finland, Land of the $200K Speeding Ticket

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2009 2:59 PM CDT
Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – If you think that pricey speeding ticket is unfair, just look at Finland, where fines are based on income. Mental Floss takes a look at five doozies:

  • In 2002, a Nokia exec on a Harley got hit with a whopping $103,600 fine for cruising at 47mph in a 31mph zone.
  • A young dot-com entrepreneur, Jaako Rytsola, had to shell out $71,400 for driving his Beamer 18mph over the limit.

  • A newly wealthy man got fined $14,500 for speeding and argued it down to $9,000; but when the judge discovered he'd paid only $750 a pop for previous infractions, he turned punitive and tacked on another $38,000.
  • Same Jaako Rytsola, same BMW, same year, and other $44,100 ticket, bringing the year's fines to $115,500.
  • A sausage heir going 50 in a 25mph zone holds the record for steepest fine, at $204,000.
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