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Driver faces £656k speeding fine
A Swedish driver who was caught driving at 290km/h (186mph) in Switzerland could be given a world-record speeding fine of SFr1,080m ($1m; £656,000), prosecutors say.
The 37-year-old, who has not been named, was clocked driving his £150,000 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG sports car at 170km/h over the 120 km/h speed limit. Traffic police pulled him over on the A12 highway between Bern and Lausanne, when he was seen travelling at two-and-a-half-times the speed limit.
Under Swiss law, the level of fine is determined by the wealth of the driver and the speed recorded. It is said that he avoided earlier speed camera because he was travelling too fast for them to work properly. The driver is thought to be blaming a faulty recently installed speedometer.
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 (£2,166) for 300 days, adding up to £650,000 in total.
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Frasier92 - I must agree with a lot of what you say, yes our roads are full of incompetent drivers who should not be allowed to drive. But unfortunately the right to drive seems to be incorporated into human rights these days. Driving is an qualification that requires the driver to have a set of skills that are essential if they are going to be a good, conscientious and safe driver. Most of the skills to make a good driver just cannot be taught, you either have them or you don't, much like common sense. To name a few of those skills, situational awareness, mechanical understanding and aware of what is and what is not safe without having to be told. "Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men" With that I would say approximately 2 in 10 drivers truly have all of the skills required to handle a car in any situation and at speed. Unfortunately most cars have more ability than the fool in control and that is a dangerous situation.
But I will be disagreeing with you here;
"cannot believe how many times in one week I get cut up, or otherwise see dangerous, inconsiderate behaviour!"
I'm just guessing but perhaps many of those drivers were being frustrated by your overly cautious approach to driving?
I see it all the time on my 'A' road commute to work.... stuck behind someone who is not capable of driving their car at the 60mph speed limit and feels that 45mph is quite enough (generally also at 40mph through a village 30mph zone) and the car/cars behind get frustrated and make dangerous overtaking manoeuvres. I have lost count of the amount of times I have seen poorly skilled drivers in powerful cars overtaking at ridiculous points of the road, as yet I have not witnessed any head on accidents and I hope that I wont but if the incompetent driver at the front would just drive at the speed limit perhaps the idiots would not overtake when its not really safe to do so. I should add that I do overtake and I do break the speed limit when doing so, but on my route to work there are only 4-5 safe spots to pass someone.
Of course, Brockhurst's comment is highly intelligent...
As for speeding, I've only ever gone over the limit by a few miles an hour and realised almost immediately that I was going faster than usual. You can feel it. Anyone doing twice the limit MUST know. The man is a fool.
I was going at 41 mph on a country road when suddenly a speed camera flashed as I reached a village outskirts. I slowed immediately but got a fine of £60 and 3 points on my licence. The first and only time. A few days ago I saw a police programme on TV where a man drove dangerously at 85 mph in a 30 mph area, and he only got a fine of £60 and 3 points on his licence. Why the difference?
Anyway, obviously the man in the report needs his head read. He could have written off his lovely car...
its typical of a rich idiot who thinks cos hes got a expensive car and money he can do as he pleases, its nothing new happens all the time all round the world.
but it proves its not just a few irresponsible bikers who act stupidly on the public roads. so why keep pulling bikes over, just cos they are bikers
2 An object moving is unstable.' if said object was moving in a strait line at a constant velocity all the forces would be equal and it would technically be stable, but that is assuming that the vehicles aero package was doing it's job of keeping all four wheels pressed into the road and there were no other external forces acting on it. Nitpicking i might be but i didn't agree and i wanted to get it off my chest.
Here are a few scientific facts for the Jeremy Clarkson clones, posting on this site.
1 An object at rest is stable.
2 An object moving is unstable.
3 The faster that object moves the more unstable it becomes.
4 The kinetic energy of a moving object rises according to the square of its velocity.
If we use the appropriate formula on this idiots car (say 1000 kilos) we find that it is 145,000,000,000,000. A 9 mm bullet from a pistol is the region of 500.
If you realise these few facts, you will either not post silly remarks, or require psychiatric counselling.
The person who made the remark about people getting in his way needs it anyway.
I think the poster who said speed limits are there for a reason … to protect road users is correct. But one thing intrigues me about car law particularly in some part of the UK is this … if you drive in the UK without road tax and insurance your car can be impounded and crushed … why not transfer this penalty to those who drink and drive … if you are caught drinking and driving, the vehicle which you are driving should be impounded and crushed.
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