Feb 08, 2010

Finland Fits the Punishment to the Purse

Many communities are trying to balance their budgets by raising the fines for parking and moving violations.  If they really want to get serious serious, they might look to FInland for guidance.

Traffic fines in Finland have long been based on a formula that combines the severity of an offense with a driver's income.  The idea is that if penalties are to hurt equally, wealthier people should pay higher fines.  Thus some years ago a well-heeled driver was fined $71,000 for driving 43 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Anyone anxious to copy Finland?