Introducing the World’s First Million-Dollar Speeding Fine

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An unwanted record of sorts is set to be broken after a Swedish man was supposedly caught driving at 290km/h (180mph) in Switzerland.

The unnamed 37-year old, who allegedly had the audacity to blame the speedometer, is in line for a rumored fine of just over a million dollars after driving his Mercedes SLS AMG sports car at roughly two and a half times the speed limit of 72mph. Local police spokesman Benoit Dumas was understandably unimpressed, huffing, “He needed over half a kilometer of road to come to a halt.” The incident took place on the A12 highway between Bern and Lausanne.

But the system for fines in Switzerland are nothing if not fair, as they’re based on not only the speed clocked but the wealth of the offending driver. So we can presume that the Swede should be able to afford it. The current record – held by a Swiss citizen no less – stands at a now paltry $290,000.

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