I’ve been bad. I should have known that as soon as I posted about driving over here, something would happen. I went 9 km an hour over the speed limit and got a ticket mailed from the French government. In my defense, I was going 119. I thought the limit was 120 km/hr; it was 110. Oops. We have noticed that in France the speed limit inexplicably drops with little warning. Lesson learned.
On the bright side, we didn’t get a ticket in Switzerland.* Here, tickets are based on a percentage of your income. Depending on your speed, this can get expensive. Notable whoppers include:
- 1 million dollars (1.08 million Swiss Francs) for a Swedish man who went 180 mph in a Mercedes SLS AMG (it was impounded).
- $290,000 for 85 mph in a 50 mph zone in a Ferrari Testarossa, which ironically, cost less than the fine. He claimed his diplomatic plates had fallen off the car.
- $110,000 with the speed unknown to a Porche (2008 in Zurich).
By the way, were you wondering how I got a ticket in the mail. On the highways here, there are radar detectors and cameras. The police mail you the ticket in the mail. I am told that if you fight it and/or ask for the photo, the fine increases.
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