5 Things You Didn’t Know About Speeding Tickets
Did you know that not all speeding tickets are created equal? Different states and countries have their own laws and customs, some of which may surprise you. Here are 4 things you didn’t know about speeding tickets.
1. Some Ticket Prices are Based on Income
In Finland, the cost of a speeding ticket is based on the financial situation of the driver. A ticket is worth about .0085% of the driver’s annual income, meaning a motorist making $60,000 per year would pay about $510. For most of us, that may seem steep, but for Finnish millionaires, it gets almost nightmarish. One man earning $7,000,000 per year was fined nearly $60,000 for driving fifteen miles over the limit.
In Sweden, another millionaire faced fines of up to $1,001,400 for speeding. The judge stated “the accused ignored elementary traffic rules with a powerful vehicle out of a pure desire for speed.” The driver unsuccessfully argued that his speedometer was broken, and he wasn’t aware of how fast he was driving. He was clocked at 186 mph on a Swedish highway.
2. Yes, You Can Be Fined for Going Too Slow
In Scotland, a very different sort of traffic ticketing occurred when a retired school teacher was fined about $300 for slowing down to just 5 mph every time she reached a curve in the road.
3. Australia Impounds Speeding Cars
In Australia, a car used for speeding is impounded even if stolen. A mechanic was caught driving his client’s car, going 99 mph in a 43 mph zone. The car was impounded, even though the car was “borrowed.”
4. New Jersey is Cracking Down on Racing
In New Jersey, there’s a law stating that if you’re caught “racing,” the fine doubles on any highway with a posted speed limited to 65 mph. The state of New Jersey defines “racing” as driving 10 mph over the speed limit. This means nearly every speeding ticket on that state’s highways can be charged a double fine. New Jersey has speed traps every 30 miles (which is the most in the US), and it collects $30,000 per mile in road use fees.
Know Your Speeding Ticket Options
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