Should traffic fines be based on income levels?
An increasing number of European nations base the cost of a traffic ticket on some measure of the driver's income. But don't expect such progressive penalties to find a home in this country.
Think you could ever empathize with a multimillionaire in a Ferrari busted with his foot to the floor?
You might if that driver were stopped in a place like Finland or Switzerland, two in a growing number of European nations that consider a driver's income when tabulating the cost of a traffic ticket. In the U.S., a habitual lead-foot has more to fear, financially, from his car insurance company than he does from Officer Bob.
Law enforcement in Europe goes right for the wallet.
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