QOTD: Should Speeding Fines Be Based on Income?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

qotd should speeding fines be based on income

Here's a weird one -- a wealthy Finnish man is paying an almost $130,000 fine for speeding 20 mph over the limit. That's because that country bases its speeding fines based on the offender's income.

The offender also gets his license suspended for 10 days.

Part of me wonders if we should institute a similar system here -- if you're poor, you'd presumably pay less when snagged for speeding. And wealthy folks can afford a bigger fine.

Then again, six figures for 20 over does seem steep.

What say you? Should speeding fines be income-based? Or is the current American system just fine?

Sound off below.

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  • Bobbysirhan Bobbysirhan on Jun 08, 2023

    The Finnish system was effective at losing most of Nokia's employees their jobs.

  • KevinB KevinB on Jun 08, 2023

    A $300 fine for me would be an "ouch". For someone else it may mean the electric bill doesn't get paid and there won't be enough gas to get to work.

  • Alan Alan on Jun 08, 2023

    Many of the comments reflect a poor attitude of who should be f@#ked over with little thought on why the fines are imposed. Humans have used a system of penalties/imprisonment for centuries and it doesn't work. What does work is limiting a persons freedoms. If their is a compliance issue, ie, VW with its Dieselgate and huge fines doesn't alter the way VW operate (I'd bet VAG is still finding ways to circumvent the system). This is human, if we know there is no or little chance of a genuine effort to conform things will stay the same, until electronic devices are used to regulate speed. Then we will here the whining about freedumbs. When your behaviour impacts anothers' freedom it isn't freedom anymore. Like guns as well, as well as white collar crime, etc. Controls and regulations tend to protect the rich, even driving regulations, so just remove the driving licences of serial offenders, their freedom. If they persevere imprison them.

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jun 10, 2023

      US has highest incarceration rate in the world. "Lock 'em up" isn't completely effective either.

  • Wolfwagen Wolfwagen on Jun 09, 2023

    I see my comment was deleted (BTW nice way to censor) so i will say it again:

    GTFO here with the pseudo "wealth distribution" BS. A crime is a crime is a crime.

    Its a slippery slope, what happens next, Jail a rich guy when he kills a pedestrian and let the poor guy who kills a pedestrian walk? What about if the poor guy is a crappy driver and has the record to prove it then what?

    Or we could go crazy and just institute the death penalty across the board for every driving infraction. That will make people better drivers or stop driving altogether which will make the greenies happy (damm it I just gave them an idea - SOB!!!)