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Don’t speed in Switzerland. Or Finland!

On the other hand, Sudan will charge you an average of only 7 cents for driving beyond the posted limit


Leadfeet beware! Don’t get caught speeding in Switzerland, where the average fine for violating the speed limit is $13,320, according to a recent global survey by Budget Direct, an auto insurance company based in Australia.

On other hand, get ticketed for speeding in Sudan and it will cost you only 7 cents.

By the way, the most expensive penalty accessed for violating the posted speed limit was the $767,000 charge faced by the driver of a Mercedes-AMG SLS in 2010 for being caught at 179 mph in Switzerland in 2010. 

The culprit claimed “the speedometer must have been on the blink,” Budget Direct reports, adding that the police noted that it took the car more than a quarter-mile to come to a halt.

Switzerland also has fined speeders $439,634 and $430,223.

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Belgium once penalized someone $304,598 for violating its speed limit, and for getting caught doing only 45 mph, albeit that was in a 15 mph zone.

You don’t want to get caught speeding in Finland, either, where there have been a dozen penalties ranging from $85,706 to $291,745.

According to Budget Direct, the highest penalty for speeding in the US — well, other than death — has been a $2,000 fine paid by a speeder caught in Oregon for exceeding 100 mph.

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Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. I remember reading about “Somewhere” where fines were based on ones Income/Wealth–That way it hurt wealth folks as hard as poor folks– I think this would be a Perfect system-


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