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June 24, 2010

Should Ontario fine rich speeders more?

AUTOMOTIVES - To fine rich speeders more or not to fine them more?

I believe Ontario should adopt a Swiss law which punishes people caught speeding on the highways and roads according to their level of wealth. Thus minimum fines for speeding tickets stay the same, but more wealthy people who "just pay the ticket" aren't really feeling the punishment because its just proverbial pocket change to them.

Heftiers fine on the more wealthy speeders (as determined by a background check, a credit check, etc) will curb down on aggressive drivers who feel they are "entitled" to the road. This sense of entitlement, that they have "the right to speed as much as they want", is inherently dangerous.

Amongst rich young people there it also a tendency to lean towards racing and stunt driving because they believe they will either never get caught or if they do get caught they know they can just pay the ticket easily. Even older drivers (who frankly should know better) still speed on a regular basis according to insurance industry statistics. Police should have more accurate statistics, because not everyone who gets caught actually has insurance. (Although you would think rich people would be smart enough to get insurance, this isn't necessarily so...)

The end goal is so all speeders are punished proportional to the amount of money they make/spend. If its just pocket change to some people they aren't going to feel punished at all and they will just keep on speeding as usual.

In January 2010 a Swiss mult-millionaire received a whopping $300,000 speeding ticket, the most expensive speeding ticket in history. To be precise it was 203,181 Euros (approx. $300,321 CDN). He paid the bill, but at least he knew he was being punished.

I should note there is this thing called "race tracks" and they sometimes have track days where people can come there driving whatever they happen to own, sign a waiver and then speed to their heart's content.

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