Wealthy Finnish Driver Fined €121,000 for Speeding, Setting a New Record
A wealthy driver in Finland's Aaland Islands has been hit with a staggering fine of €121,000 ($129,544) for speeding, marking his third major fine in the last decade. The penalties for speeding in Finland are determined based on the offender's income, resulting in the substantial amount imposed on the wealthy individual.
Anders Wiklof, the driver in question, expressed remorse for his actions in an interview with the Nya Aaland, the primary newspaper of the Aaland Islands. He admitted to being aware of the speed limit change from 70 kilometers per hour to 50 kilometers per hour and claimed to have been slowing down. However, he acknowledged that he did not reduce his speed quickly enough, leading to the violation.
Wiklof, the chairman of a holding company involved in various sectors including logistics, helicopter services, real estate, trade, and tourism, hoped that the substantial fine he paid would be directed towards healthcare initiatives.
The incident occurred when Wiklof was driving at 82 kilometers per hour (51 miles per hour) in a 50 kilometer per hour (31 miles per hour) zone. Police stopped him and issued the hefty fine, accompanied by a 10-day suspension of his driver's license.
This is not the first time Wiklof has faced consequences for speeding. In 2018, he was fined €63,680 (approximately $68,000), and five years earlier, he had to pay €95,000 (approximately $102,000), both incidents previously making international headlines.
Residing in the Aaland Islands, Wiklof is considered one of the wealthiest individuals in the region, often referred to as the area's "king." The archipelago, located at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia between Turku in Finland and Stockholm in Sweden, is an autonomous region of Finland in the Baltic Sea.
The hefty fine imposed on Wiklof underscores Finland's approach to speeding penalties, where fines are determined based on an individual's income. This system aims to ensure that penalties for traffic violations are proportionate and serve as a deterrent, regardless of an individual's financial status.
As news of this record-breaking fine circulates, it brings attention to the importance of obeying traffic laws and the potential consequences for those who disregard them.