Finland: Home Of The $103 Thousand Speeding Ticket

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  1. OV

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    Reima Kuisla, a Finnish businessman, was recently caught going 65 miles per hour in a 50 zone in his home country—an offense that would typically come with a fine of a couple hundred dollars, at most, in the U.S. But after Finnish police pulled Kuisla over, they pinged a federal taxpayer database to determine his income, consulted their handbook, and arrived at the amount that he was required to pay: €54,000. ($56thousand)

    The fine was so extreme because in Finland, some traffic fines, as well as fines for shoplifting and violating securities-exchange laws, are assessed based on earnings—and Kuisla's declared income was €6.5 million per year. Exorbitant fines like this are infrequent, but not unheard of: In 2002, a Nokia executive was fined the equivalent of $103,000 for going 45 in a 30 zone on his motorcycle, and the NHL player Teemu Selanne incurred a $39,000 fine two years earlier.

    “This is no constitutionally governed state,” one Finn who was fined nearly $50,000 moaned to The Wall Street Journal, “This is a land of rhinos!” Outrage among the rich—especially nonsensical, safari-invoking outrage—might be a sign that something fair is at work.

    Finland’s system for calculating fines is relatively simple: It starts with an estimate of the amount of spending money a Finn has for one day, and then divides that by two—the resulting number is considered a reasonable amount of spending money to deprive the offender of. Then, based on the severity of the crime, the system has rules for how many days the offender must go without that money. Going about 15 mph over the speed limit gets you a multiplier of 12 days, and going 25 mph over carries a 22-day multiplier.

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    http://www.theatlantic.com/business...nd-home-of-the-103000-speeding-ticket/387484/
     
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    Fine, no pun intended, with me.
     
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    For fuck's sake, let's not give Barry any more ideas for his next round of 'executive orders'. :facepalm:
     
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    It would be great here in the US, the cops would stop going after the blaeks and only go after the rich.

    Howard got a $500K speeding ticket? Good fa U
     
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    Over here, I was stopped in speed trap where they had just dropped the speed from 40kph to 30kph around this dense part of the old city. They got me with a laser and then a cop walks into the street and sends me into a parking area. He asked if I knew the speed, I said 40kph! He said it's now 30 and I was doing 43, so the fine was equivalent to $120.

    Funny thing here, you can pay them cash on the spot, or they hand you a bill/deposit slip that you send to your bank.
     
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    Socialism....such a wonderful thing
     
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    Just think if we all did the speed limit .
     
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    “This is no constitutionally governed state,” one Finn who was fined nearly $50,000 moaned to The Wall Street Journal, “This is a land of rhinos!”
    Well, no argument there ... :coffee:
     
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    this board is so heavy right wing that im sure i will get a lot of shit. finland does it right, tickets are based off income . if u are a multi millionaire a 50$ speeding ticket is not going to do anything. so what is to stop you from breaking the law? there is a reason scandinavian countries are always ranked the happiest in the world
     
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    Yes, $56,000 speeding tickets are the key to happiness.
     
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    is that what i said? reading comprehension is not your strong point. what else would i expect from somebody named southern listen? the south tops every list of poverty, education and obesity. i see you contribute to at least one of those stats
     
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    Maybe a little more based on income. But this is excessive. The solution is simple - a point system to keep everyone in line.
     
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    Evil shit.

    Goes right against the whole idea of everyone being equal.
     
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    F'ing Finns .... :ucoffee:
     
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