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Old 08-12-2010, 08:00 AM   #1
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And you thought your speeding ticket was bad!!

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updated 8/11/2010 2:44:28 PM ET

One Swedish motorist could be facing a gargantuan speeding fine — up to $962,000 — after he was caught driving 180 mph along a Swiss motorway.

Police seized the Swede's driver's license and 570-horsepower black Mercedes-Benz after he was released from police custody, The Local, a website that covers Swedish news, reported. He could face a penalty of up to 1 million Swiss francs — or $962,000 — depending on his income level, The Local reported.

In Switzerland speeding fines are based on the severity of the offense and the offender's income level.

Police said the 37-year-old motorist was driving so fast in this $240,000 sports car that it took him nearly half a mile to stop.

Swiss officials did not know if it was a record, but that it "looks very close to one," federal roads office spokesman Thomas Rohrbach told AFP.

"We have no record of anyone being caught traveling faster in the country," a police spokesman told Britain's Daily Telegraph on Friday.

The driver's explanation to officers: "I think the speedo on the car, which is new, is faulty."

A speed camera on the A12 highway between Bern and Lausanne captured the transgression.

Police said he had eluded being zapped by numerous radars en route simply because he was going too fast and they were unable to clock speeds beyond 125 mph. A newer camera perched along the motorway was able to snap his offense.

It's not the first time someone has had to pay such a hefty fine in Europe for speeding. And even lower speeds can generate big fines.

In January, a Swiss court slapped a $290,000 speeding ticket on a millionaire Ferrari driver who drove 60 mph (nearly twice the 30 mph limit) through a small village.

The head of Finnish communications giant Nokia was ordered to may a $103,000 fine for his speeding ticket in 2002. Officers pulled over Anssi Vanjoki on his cherry red Harley Davidson in Helsinki after he was clocked driving 47 mph in a 31-mph zone.

In Finland, traffic fines are also proportionate to an offender's crime and income level.
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:07 AM   #2
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We should also have a system like this in place.. Good for the Swiss..
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:13 AM   #3
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We should also have a system like this in place.. Good for the Swiss..
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:29 AM   #4
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Note to self, do not go to Switzerland or Finland.
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We should also have a system like this in place.. Good for the Swiss..
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:32 AM   #7
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You must be one of the wealthy..lol..
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:32 AM   #8
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This makes me proud of being Swedish!

He must be pretty stupid though considering that remark about the speedo.
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You must be one of the wealthy..lol..
Far from it...I'm just another joe who values my freedom above punishing the wealthy.
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Far from it...I'm just another joe who values my freedom above punishing the wealthy.
I'm with ya man.. This type of thing makes me glad I'm an Amerrican.. Punishing the wealthy in this way would only drive them out of the country in my opinion. Same as the higher taxes are driving small business's out of New York.. This type of ticket would bankrupt people here in the US who lost half their homes value and are underwater on their loan, and then some of those are jobless.. We are in a bad situation here that needs fixing. Wasteful spending needs to go out the door and the taxes need to be lowered. In Sweden most of the populations money goes towards taxes..
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You need to head out to the Tamiami Trail and WOT your car. You'll feel better. Watch out for the spotter planes though.
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Seriously? I'm sorry this guy's an idiot. Now I spent a decent chunk of my childhood growing up in a small Austrian town called Noffels. In Sweeden the autobahn speed limit is 130 kilometers (give or take 75 ish) if I remember correctly, while in Germany THERE IS NO SPEED LIMIT. Why on Earth would he not just hop accross the border?

On a serious note though, how badass must it feel to be in the drivers seat going 180. Slightly jealous
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