• A $16,000,000 traffic ticket!!

    Date: 02.02.10 | by Judge Tom.

    You read that right – $16 million.  In an effort to control “traffic thugs”, as Swiss judges called one violater, fines for speeding are  based on personal income.

    European and Nordic countries have passed laws setting maximum fines in the millions of dollars (converted from euros). It is considered an effective way to punish rich violaters who otherwise ignore speeding tickets.

    Photo by Paul Pablo Pawel

    In November, 2009, Roland S. was fined $290,000 for speeding by a Swiss court. Some other countries with such laws include Germany (maximum of $16 million), Switzerland ($1 million), France, Austria and Finland.

    Do you think this is an effective strategy to curb speeders? Do you see a relationship between one’s wealth and the respect for laws? If the United States followed this trend, what effect would it have on drivers? Would it slow teen drivers down since their income is minimal compared to wealthy drivers?

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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