May 26, 2018

World Record $1 Million speeding fine issued in Switzerland

Those cunning Swiss have speed cameras disguised as blocks of cheese - too clever

A Swedish man has been handed what is believed to be the world’s largest speeding fine, which is expected to cost him around $1 million (US).

The man was driving at two and a half times the speed limit in his $200,000 Mercedes when he was pulled over by traffic police in Switzerland.

The flying Swede was travelling faster than any other person to be caught speeding in the country, according to prosecutors.

In Switzerland, speeding fines are calculated using a formula that takes into consideration the income of the motorist and the severity of the speed.

The man is now facing the highest possible penalty of 300 days of fines at $3,373 a day – a total of $1,011,900.

“We have no record of anyone being caught travelling faster in the country,” said a police spokesman.

The driver was captured travelling at close to 300kph (186mph) during at least one stage of his journey.

But he evaded being zapped by a number of radars simply because he was driving too fast and they were incapable of clocking speeds beyond 200kph (125mph).

A new generation of radar machines finally clocked him travelling at close to 300kph.

Giving police a the best excuse he could think of at short notice, the driver said “I think the speedo on the car, which is new, is faulty.”

The police arrested the man, who has not been named, shortly afterward and released him after questioning. Apparently it took him about half a kilometre just to stop his car when caught.