Finland, Land of the $200K Speeding Ticket

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2009 2:59 PM CDT
Finland, Land of the $200K Speeding Ticket
Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland.   (AP Photo)

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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