Finnish Man is Fined $60,000 For Speeding — and It Makes Perfect Sense

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A businessman was pulled over in Finland for going only 64 mph in a 50-mph zone, but according to Finnish speeding fine rules, the man’s ticket came out to be just under $60,000, the BBC reports.

Reima Kuisla is a Finnish businessman, and a pretty successful one at that. In Finland, speeding fines are calculated based on the speeder’s daily income, so when authorities looked at Kuisla’s 2013 tax return and saw he pulled in about U.S. $7.15 million, his speeding fine came out to be 54,000 euros, or just short of $60,000.

For a millionaire, and also a non-native of Finland, Kuisla is also a bit of a crybaby, as an all-caps Facebook post after the incident revealed.

“TEN YEARS AGO I WOULDN’T HAVE BELIEVED THAT I WOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER MOVING ABROAD. FINLAND IS IMPOSSIBLE TO LIVE IN FOR CERTAIN KINDS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE HIGH INCOMES AND WEALTH.”

Kuisla’s $60,000 fine might seem hefty, and it would be for most, but it works out to just 0.83% of his reported income.That roughly translates to a $415 speeding ticket for someone who makes $50,000 a year, according to Mic.

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Finland is known for being socially progressive, and Kuisla’s speeding fine is just one example of a system that is actually fair. In 2001, then-Ministry of the Interior special planning adviser Erkki Wuoma told the Wall Street Journal:

“This is a Nordic tradition … We have progressive taxation and progressive punishments. So the more you earn, the more you pay.”

Coming from a country where everyone pays the same amount for speeding, whether they can easily afford it or not, that $60,000 really does seem fair.

What would happen if we had that in the U.S.? I’d bet a lot of those entitled rich and famous types would instead keep their mouths shut when they would normally cry, “Do you know who I am?” and justice would all of a sudden come down to money and influence. It’s a good idea, right?

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