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    by: Craig Howie | AOL Autos
     

    How does a $200,000 speeding ticket grab you? For driving a mere 25 mph over the limit? Well, we're not talking about the U.S. -- this world-record speeding fine was levied in Finland -- but did you know that the maximum fine for speeding in some areas of Canada could reach $25,000? American drivers may or may not consider themselves lucky that speeding fines top out here at about $2500 for the worst offenders and that freeway speed cameras are a relative rarity. But what happens when they go on vacation? Speeders beware: We take a look at the world's most expensive places to get clocked.

    Finland, Denmark (unlimited)
    Highest Fines: $200,000 (or more)

    Even if you're one of the richest men in Europe, a nearly $200,000 speeding ticket is going to pang just a little (and that was in 2002, when $200,000 was a lot of money). The Trick here is that Finland, and nearby Denmark, both levy speeding fines depending on the annual income of the driver unfortunate enough to pick up a ticket. In this case, records showed that Jussi Salonoja, a 27-year-old heir to a northern European meatpacking empire, earned $11.5 million in 2002, which after a complex calculation by the courts resulted in the world-record fine of about $200,000. And all that for driving 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. A Finnish business executive also had a $165,000 fine reduced to a mere $9000 after he restated his earnings to the courts.

    Canada
    Highest Fines: $25,000

    Though generally a speeding ticket at the higher end in Canada will cost you no more than $1000 -- which isn't an insignificant amount -- a motorcyclist caught at 164 mph in Alberta last year paid out a whopping $12,000 speeding fine in a deal struck with prosecutors that allowed him to keep his license. The same court also has levied an $8,500 fine on a motorist who struck a similar deal. And just in case you're tempted to put your foot down on the province's incredibly straight, and often empty, freeways, just remember that the maximum fine for speeding in Alberta is $25,000. Excessive speeders in Ontario, meanwhile, also can face fines of up to $10,000.

    The United Kingdom
    Highest Fines: $8,000

    The UK, like many other countries, fines speeders on a sliding scale based on how fast the driver was traveling above the limit and conditions in the area the driver was clocked. But a Porsche 911 driver caught in 2007 at 172 mph on a rural back road resulted in British authorities doubling the fine for careless driving from $4000 to $8000. While the Porsche driver in question -- who police had clocked while they had stopped another motorist for doing 115 mph -- was merely ordered to pay $1250 in court costs, he was also ordered to spend 10 weeks in jail. General speeding tickets, which largely are enforced by speed cameras, are a mere $100.

    The United States
    Highest Fines: $2500

    Drivers unlucky enough to be clocked at high speeds in Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Nevada and New Hampshire all are liable to be fined up to $1000 for their actions. But strikingly, drivers clocked at speeds deemed unsafe in Michigan, New Jersey and Texas all are subject so a second fine being imposed a year later that often can tally more than the original $1000 once court costs are included. Last year, Virginia repealed a law that allowed a court to impose fines of $2500 for driving more than 10 mph above the legal limit, or a speed it deemed reckless. And be aware that jail time is mandatory for driving deemed reckless in many states and municipalities across the country.

    Norway & Iceland
    Highest Fines: 10% of annual income and jail time (Norway), $2700 (Iceland)

    Travelers already will know that Norway is absurdly expensive in many ways, as Iceland used to be before its banking system collapsed last year, and their speeding fines are no different, at 10 per cent of annual income and $2700 respectively. But Norway distinguishes itself by imposing a mandatory minimum jail term of 18 days for speeding offenses deemed excessive alongside the hefty fine. Speeders can also face community service or a license suspension of more than three years. In Iceland, higher fines are justified by their supporters by the danger of driving on roads that can turn quickly from tarmac to gravel, often leading to unintended consequences for fast drivers.

    Portugal
    Highest Fines: $1800

    While the maximum fine for speeding can top $1800 depending on an offender's income and the road conditions where the offense occurred, we're a little more concerned with the trend toward on-the-spot fines that are collected by the local constabulary for offenses ranging from speeding to driving while talking into a phone or failing to buckle up even in the back seats. Interestingly, most of the police vehicles are equipped with mobile ATM machines so there is no need for police to march a driver to a faraway cash point. Drivers who can't pay are forbidden to drive. But who, we ask, regularly has $1800 on hand, or a credit or debit card withdrawal limit to match? And what happened to innocent until proven guilty?

    France, Switzerland, Italy
    Highest Fines: $2100

    Yes the image of a Citroen 2CV going far past the speed limit is difficult to conjure, and many of us also have been the victim of a tailgating Italian high-revving behind us in a tiny Fiat 126, but stereotypes aside, speeding is a seriously expensive business in western Europe, where enthusiasm for domestic car production and Formula One racing go hand-in-hand. Speed cameras are common and on the rise in France, and a speed deemed excessive can result in jail time. European motorists also are getting used to the fact that points levied on a license in a different country to their own now stand on their domestic license -- so a British driver that speeds in Italy can have points added to their UK license after a series of bilateral agreements was struck between European nations. Is the US next?

    Australia
    Highest Fines: $857

    Speeding Down Under can cost you a pretty penny, and some may be tempted to put down their right foot while driving through Australia's massive, empty interior -- it'd take a brave cop to be waiting on a roadside in that heat -- but tickets here are increasingly expensive, and common, as a result of speed cameras. Redflex, the company that's brought so many red-light cameras to the US, pioneered its hi-tech systems here, and operates in most major cities. Be aware that Australian authorities are increasingly pursuing speeding tourists once they have returned to their country of residence, and note that, in the event a speeding ticket is not paid, a foreigner may have difficulty reentering Australia.

    The Netherlands
    Highest Fines: $800

    Maybe you thought they all rode bikes in Holland, but a speeding ticket sustained here would soon shock you out of a previously held image of pedaling along windmill-lined bucolic country roads as the only mode of transport. A high-end fine levied for speeds deemed excessively dangerous can result in a fine of $800 or more. While every-day fines are paid to an officer on the spot, and penalties for tailgating also are common, drivers caught at double the speed limit are subject to state penalties including jail and having their vehicles confiscated. And there's nothing like having your car taken away to leave you riding a bike to work every day.

    Germany
    Highest Fines: $623

    It's only on Germany's world-famous Autobahns where there is no speed limit, and drivers can, and often do, drive at speeds in excess of 180 mph in the land that gave us Porsche, BMW and Mercedes (if you've ever been caught behind a truck in one of the slower lanes, you'll know exactly what we're talking about). But that doesn't mean German authorities want the rest of their driving experiences to resemble the Nurburgring: Speeders caught driving at 45 mph or more over the speed limit on regular roads will face a fine topping $600, a three-month license suspension and four points on their license. Achtung!

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    Rwmcommercial Jan 08, 2011 2:08 PM
    Interesting to see the fines levied in Portugal. I have spent a lot of time in that beautiful country (albeit not in the last 18 months) and I have never (repeat never) seen anybody pulled over for speeding on the country's excellent super highways. This is a typical scenario of my drives there. I am driving at about 135 to 140 kph in a 120 kph zone. Cars pass me as if I am standing still, at rates estimated to be 180 to 200 kph. I have never seen one stopped. On narrow country roads, I have been passed, on a blind curve, by a car using the single lane for traffic going the other way. The weird thing is that I have rarely seen an accident.
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    Djadorno62 Jan 08, 2011 6:40 AM
    Hey Harry. Ya Know, you coud'nt be more right. Dennis
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    HarryDanik Jan 08, 2011 6:29 AM
    It's ALL ABOUT MONEY FOLKS The country is going bankrupt Cities & States can't tax the people anymore for fear of getting fired. So they target citizen's, one at a time and extort the money with traffic violations YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT? Remember, the kids selling lemonade, they had to pay a fine for not having a license. How about the guy who got cited and fined for his home Christmas decorations without a ************ all about "My needs are more important than your's" The country is headed for a serious change in attitude. Hopefully you are a kind and gentle person and concerned about your fellow citizen's\ If your a selfish person.....the next 5 to 10 years in the USA are going to be very bad for you
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    Djadorno62 Jan 08, 2011 6:07 AM
    Slightly off the subject BUT!!! I just went to court in Da Bronx NY to fight a speeding ticket and lost. (imagin that @#$%) This is where I realy ************ where the sun does'nt shine. The prick cop from Highway #1 said he clocked me at a "high rate of speed" then pulled out and used his supper dupper lazer beam gun and clock me at 74 mph from the rear. B.S. I was doing about 65 (in a 50) when I had seen the prick with ears and imeaditly slowed and got back in the middle lane. I am sure he made a mistake but being the prick that he is he got in the court room and gave a 7-8 minute speach on how smart he is. Once again B.S. Does anyone have any graet ideas for an appeal???? I have had two other drivers in the car that saw what I saw. djadorno62@aol.com
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    Luapmi2 Jan 08, 2011 5:54 AM
    WOW the times have changed...in 1979 I was ticketed in Nevada for driving 105 mph. The police officer apologized and said his boss was after him to write more tickets...my fine: $5.
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    Empire1646 Jan 08, 2011 5:45 AM
    Being fined according to ones wealth is a good idea. Then you will see not to cockey Movie stars and ball players speeding and think every thing is a joke. Then they will stop speeding and laughing at the police I have the 200 to pay the fine how about 200,000 thousand the judge has to say to him stop laughing at cops movie stars just because you know the Gov. you can hit police and disrespect them. Im a big ball player pay the fine the judge has to say. My son is ruch pay the fine if he is rich so you will feel it.
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    LOSTNDWOODS Jan 08, 2011 5:27 AM
    DRIVE FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YA GET THERE SOONER
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    Alright4u Jan 08, 2011 5:16 AM
    Make no mistake Obama is a commie and a socialist. Add narcissist.
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    KNG20 Jan 08, 2011 5:05 AM
    In a way I sort of aggree to fines acording to a persons anual income. After all what does it meat to a person that has a income of 5 or 10 million a year to pay a 100 to 500 Dollar fine. Lets get real. It's pocket change to that person. On the other hand the guy who makes 25,000 a year to pay 500 dollars is a lot of money. 2% to be exact. Now 2% of 5 million on the other hand is 100,000. Under those ************* both income brackets will have learned a valuble lesson not to be speeding.
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    BUCKEYEDAD44 Jan 08, 2011 5:02 AM
    all u dumd22es know when a cop has to go to traffic court?on there day off! before most cops even think about giving you a ticket they ask themselves is this fool worth my day off.if i don't pull this person over is he going to kill someone.do i really want to have to untangle some of this fools handiwork farther on down the road .is this person paying any attention to the warniing i am trying to give them or just ignoring me.if YOU are driving unsafe,act like a total ass to the officer,and are rude then yes you will get a ticket.F.Y.I. in ohio if a little berg is caught writing tickets just to generate income it can be fined by the state the police force will get fired,and it will lose its town charter. If you don't believe me just ask the former village of new rome how life is these days,it was the biggest speed trap in ohio at one time but no more,its does'nt exist anymore. you
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    Davegasnv2 Jan 08, 2011 4:35 AM
    r-i-g-h-****** for aol to block
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    Davegasnv2 Jan 08, 2011 4:34 AM
    speeding is not a ********* a crime so don't do the crime and don't get a fine dosn't take a rocket scientist to get it don't speed!
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    Nilosam Jan 08, 2011 4:19 AM
    In my opinion, if you get a speeding ticket, EVERYONE, I mean EVERYONE should go to court and plead not guilty. This is not legal advice, just good advice Clog up the courts. Besides, it will get you some good experience going to court which you will need when they start taking other rights away.
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    Liutenant Jan 08, 2011 4:14 AM
    >>I like Norway\\\'s socialist system of dealing with speeders. Fining a person 10% of their annual salary definitely gets the message across money-wise, especially if the driver is well-off.<< And like all of socialism, it\'s a completely ass-backwards policy designed solely to give the centralized government more money and control.
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    gcali57 Jan 08, 2011 3:44 AM
    Cops that write the most tickets get promoted to Sergeant the fastest- CA is the worst offender for this, hefty fines for a bankrupt state.
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    FDHkeeego Jan 08, 2011 3:43 AM
    Speeding is behind most accidents. And behind the speeding is usually a drunk. A great comb and a sure way to meet your maker early or wish you had. I have had people tell me they drive better when they have had a few drinks. I know there are about 26,000 people a year who would tell them different.....if they could.
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    FSkydak Jan 08, 2011 3:35 AM
    people going 100 mph are in a different category but most tickets are given to cars that the cop claims was doing like 45 in a 35 mph zone in areas where the road is divided and moltilane in many cases, seems spead traps are set up it many areas where the speed limit is deliberatly set so low for the maximum revenue to be raised. then the cops have the balls to call you on the phone and ask for additional money to be donated to them . in most cased they make more money than the general public
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