08-15-2010, 03:41 AM #1
Million Dollar Speeding Fine?
In Switzerland last Friday, police caught a 37-year-old man driving his Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG at around 290 km/h (186 mph). Unfortunately for him, Switzerland fines speeders depending on their income and he now faces fines of up to €789,000 or over $1,000,000, the maximum of a total of 300 days of fines.
How he was caught is an interesting story. The speeding Mercedes was driven past several photo-radars but it was not detected since the older units weren’t capable of clocking a car going over 200 km/h (124 mph). When he went past one with new technology, he was photographed and this was then sent to the police instantly. A patrol car was dispatched to pull over the speeding SLS. He was eventually caught on the A12 highway between Bern and Lausanne in Switzerland. According to police, he “needed over half a kilometer of road to come to a halt.” He claimed to have a broken speedometer. He was arrested and released later. In the Guardian article, a police spokesman was quoted to have said that there’s no record in the country of anyone being caught traveling faster.