In 2001, Anssi Vanjoki was caught while breaking the speed limit on his motorbike, Harley Davidson, in Helsinki. He was driving with 75 km/h (47 mph) in a 50km/h (31 mph) zone. Mr. Vanjoki had to pay an 116,000-Euro fine ($103,600 according to the currency rate in 2002).
In Finland, traffic violations are proportional to the offender’s income. Anssi Vanjoki had to pay a fine equal to his 2-week salary, based on his income in 1999. In 1999, his income was about 14 million Euros (over $18 million according to the currency rate back then). He appealed stating that his income dropped since 1999.
But he is not the only one traffic offender to get an expensive (first-class) speeding ticket. Jaakko Rytsola, an Internet millionaire, had to pay an 80,000-Euro speeding fine and Pekka Ala-Pietila, a former Nokia president, had to pay a 35,000-Euro speeding penalty.
The three guys above are very lucky that they can afford paying such fees for speeding penalties and still have much more money to have an amazing lifestyle.