American drives 56 km/h too fast, gets speeding fine of 1.4 million dollars
What? 1.4 million? Fortunately, he does not have to pay the fine amount
When you think of a 'super speeder' you are more likely to think of a weekend at ADE than of a speeding fine. Yet that is what a fine for speeding is called in the States. For example, an American man was fined after driving 56 km/h too fast. Only, when the man received the speeding fine, he was shocked. Whether he wanted to transfer an amount of 1.4 million dollars. Converted to approximately 1.3 million euros.
The man tells his story at WSAV-TV. He was caught traveling at 90 miles per hour (145 km/h) on a road where the speed limit is 50 miles per hour (89 km/h). After the American saw the speeding fine of $1.4 million, he called the court. According to the court spokeswoman, it was not a typo.
Why the man received a $1.4 million speeding fine
From 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) too fast, offenders fall within the 'super speeder' scheme. So the man just got in there, but a fine of almost one and a half million is not possible. A spokesperson for the local municipality explains to the same news outlet that only a judge may determine the 'super speeder' fine. In addition, the monetary penalty may not exceed $1,000 plus mandatory state fees.
Because people already have to appear in court, the automatically sent fine amount does not actually matter, because the judge determines it. But that is why a fixed final amount of $999,999 has been set in the fine database - somewhat the maximum limit of a number that can be entered.
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The council spokesperson said: 'The programmers who designed the software used the largest possible number because super speeder fines are a mandatory court appearance and there is no fine associated with them if issued by the police. ' Ah yes, programmer logic.
According to the spokesperson, the court is now busy adjusting the system so that motorists do not really think that they will become more than a million poorer. The man therefore loses a maximum of 1,000 dollars, approximately 950 euros, plus some administration costs. Maybe an idea to make the name for the speeding fine a little less cool.