One Million Dollar speeding ticket…

What some people would do to set world records.

A Swedish motorist in Switzerland stands to face the highest fine ever passed for speeding, $1m, £656,000 or SFr1.08m.

This is not passed lightly, the fellow was cruising at a break-neck speed of 290km/h, 170km/h above the allowed speed limit! (note: a plane takes off at an average speed of 260km/h!)

Maybe he should come to Kuwait, cruise the Gulf road and give some of our locals a “run” for their money.

On BBC:
A Swedish motorist caught driving at 290km/h (180mph) in Switzerland could be given a world-record speeding fine of SFr1.08m ($1m; £656,000), prosecutors say.

The 37-year-old, who has not been named, was clocked driving his Mercedes sports car at 170km/h over the limit.

Under Swiss law, the level of fine is determined by the wealth of the driver and the speed recorded.

In January, a Swiss driver was fined $290,000 – the current world record.

Local police spokesman Benoit Dumas said of the latest case that “nothing can justify a speed of 290km/h”.

“It is not controllable. It must have taken 500m to stop,” he said.

The Swede’s car – a Mercedes SLS AMG – has been impounded and in principle he could be forced to pay a daily fine of SFr3,600 for 300 days.

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