290.000 dollars speeding ticket for millionaire from Switzerland

Posted on Wednesday, 13 January 2010 , 11:01:37 byEmil

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290.000 dollars speeding ticket for millionaire from Switzerland

A lot of people think that Switzerland is the closest thing to Paradise that you can find on Earth. They think of the great banking system, the neutral position the country has in the world as being solid arguments for which Switzerland is maybe the best country in the world to live in. Well, after reading this news a lot of them will surely change their opinion.

In Switzerland, high speed fines are calculated based on the driver`s income and / or wealth. Obviously, this law is great for the people who have a low income, but for people that are wealthy it is extremely unfavorable. Remember the previous high speed fine record of a Porsche driver? Well, the guy who was driving his Porsche at high speed received a 107.000 dollars fine. Guess where he was driving. You are right, in Switzerland.

The previous record set by the Porsche driver who was speeding in Switzerland has now been broken. Still, the record was beaten in Switzerland, so they still hold the crown. The fine is a lot higher than the one of the Porsche driver.

An unnamed Swiss millionaire was handed down with a humongous fine of 290.000 dollars (!!!) or 203.000 Euro for going 137 km/h in an 80 km/h speed zone in a Ferrari Testarosa. The judges at the cantonal court in St. Gallen, in the east of Switzerland, have taken into account the history of similar speeding offenses of the driver, his estimated wealth of over 20 million dollars and the high speed with which he drove through a small village.

Now seriously, who would want to live in Switzerland if you get a fine of 200.000 Euro for doing 137 km/h? Maybe very old rich people that just want some peace and quiet, but people who are still active would find Switzerland to be extremely difficult to live in.