Imagine if the speeding ticket you got came with at least three zeroes in the price of the fine. That shock would feel like someone punched you in the chest with a defibrillator.
Reima Kuisla got just such a fine during a traffic stop in Finland. The police officer who pulled him over for speeding gave him a ticket and slapped him with a whopping $58,000 fine (or 54,024 euros). That’s not a typo. He is required by law to pay $58,000 or face jail time. At least if you go to jail, you’ve got plenty of money for cigarettes.
Here is the ticket:
So you’re probably thinking that Kuisla must have been violating the laws of time and space by traveling 700,000 light years per second in a school zone or something. However, according to the ticket, the police officer caught him driving 64 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone. The price is based on the income that Kuisla makes from his business and all tickets are issued according to a sliding scale based on the violator’s income. Since Kuisla’s salary is in a higher tax bracket, he had to pay a much higher fine. The thinking is that something like a $200 ticket really takes a dent out of a “working man’s” wages, thus it is a punishment he will remember. So why not make the speeding ticket hurt for wealthier people as well?
Did you know there are special parking spaces for rich people? They can park in front of fire hydrants like this $100K Maserati did….
…as well as handicapped spaces like this Lamborghini! Parking tickets are also known as “parking receipts” for people with “fuck you money.”
Even if you agree that he should have to pay a higher fine for speeding, $58,000 for one infraction still seems a little excessive. It’s not like he was driving one of those rocket powered cars that Wile E. Coyote uses to chase the Road Runner on a public roadway, which at least should come with a huge fine for not having a vehicle with a working set of turn signals.
Do you agree that the sliding scale is a fair way to hand out tickets? Or should all traffic tickets be the same?
Source: NY Times