Don’t Speed in Norway! Speeding Fines Around the World

Beyond Virginia: Speeding Ticket Fines

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Police impounded this Mercedes SLS AMG after its driver was caught traveling at 184 mph. The owner faces a fine of $800,000.

If you have ever received a speeding ticket in Virginia, you’re first concern is probably how much it’s going to cost you. Aside from the fine and court costs, you also have to think about increased insurance premiums. In the United States, you’re likely to face no more than $2,500 in fines in the most EXTREME speeding cases. Speeding in a different country, however, may be detrimental to your wallet. Here are some examples of the highest speeding fines from around the globe.

While a speeding ticket is unlikely to cost you more than $1,000 in most of Canada, fines are determined by province. A motorcyclist was caught going 164 mph in the province of Alberta and paid a $12,000 fine in a deal made with prosecutors that allowed him to retain his license. The maximum possible fine is $25,000 in Alberta , a province known for its straight and typically empty highways. Ease off the pedal next time you visit our neighbor to the north.

Do you make an annual income of $30,000 a year? If you’re caught speeding in Norway, expect to pay a $3,000 fine on your ticket. Norway levies a fine of 10% of your annual income for speeding tickets. Alongside the fine, Norwegian law imposes a mandatory minimum 18-day jail sentence for speeds deemed excessive.

Finland levies speeding fines based upon the annual income of the speedster in question. Jussi Salonoja, heir to a European meatpacking company, earned $11.5 million in 2002. After being caught speeding 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, Salonoja was fined $200,000.

The fine imposed for a speeding ticket in Switzerland is not only based on income, but factors in the velocity at which the offender was traveling. A 37-year-old man was driving his $200,000 Mercedes SLS AMG when he was clocked traveling 186 mph. The driver had not been clocked by numerous speed cameras along the highway because they were incapable of clocking any speed higher than 125 mph. The vehicle was impounded and the driver now faces a fine of over $800,000. That’s four times the value of the car!

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CDL Driver Charged with Reckless Driving in Richmond

Virginia Reckless Driving Accident in Richmond

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Venable is charged with reckless driving for an accident on I-95 at exit 74A in Richmond, VA

State Police have charged a driver with reckless driving following a single-vehicle tractor trailer accident on Interstate 95 in Richmond, VA. Police were forced to close the exit ramp to the Downtown Expressway at exit 74 for almost eight hours while the wreck of an overturned tractor trailer was being cleared from the roadway.

The accident occurred around 11 PM when the driver of a 2002 International tractor trailer carrying dual trailers lost control of the vehicle, causing the truck to hit the jersey wall on the ramp. The second trailer then flipped on its side. The driver, fifty-six year old Wiley F. Venable, Jr. was not injured in the crash. No other vehicles were involved.

Virginia State Police say that speed was a factor in the wreck. Cautionary signs along the exit ramp advise drivers to slow down to 25 miles per hour when exiting the interstate.

The contents of both trailers had to be loaded onto a second truck before the flipped trailer could be turned upright. The ramp was reopened the next morning around 7 AM, causing slight delays in commuter traffic heading northbound into downtown Richmond.

Mr. Venable, of Midlothian, faces a reckless driving charge and must appear in court in the City of Richmond, Virginia.

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Reckless Driving Accident on I-95 in Chesterfield, VA

Reckless Driving Crash in Chesterfield County, Virginia

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Scene of the reckless driving accident in Chesterfield County, VA

A man has been charged with reckless driving following an accident in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Robert M. Krill was charged with reckless driving after running a rented U-Haul truck into a vehicle stationed on the shoulder of Interstate 95, killing one man and shutting down I-95 southbound for hours.

Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 southbound at mile marker 64 in Chesterfield County, VA.

Steven Ridley, 35, of Richmond, VA had stopped his 2010 Chrysler 300 M on the right shoulder of the interstate and activated his hazard lights. He was in the process of changing a flat tire. Krill’s U-Haul truck ran off the right side of the interstate, hitting both Ridley and the Chrysler.

Ridley died at the scene. His 14-year-old son was also outside of the vehicle helping his father change the tire. He was uninjured. Ridley’s daughter was seated in the front passenger seat at the time of the accident and suffered minor injuries.

Krill was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries.

The Virginia State Police say the investigation is ongoing. They are working with the Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney to determine if they will press further charges against Krill.

Robert M. Krill is charged with reckless driving in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

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Deadly DUI in Hanover County, Virginia

Man Charged in Deadly Hanover, Virginia DUI

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The wreckage of Lawrence’s SAAB following the DUI crash

Police in Hanover County, Virginia have charged a man with DUI. Fifty-six-year old Richard E. Lawrence, Jr. was arrested in connection with a deadly accident occurring in Mechanicsville on Saturday night.

The accident occurred shortly before 9 PM. Lawrence was driving a 1999 Saab on Pole Green Road in Hanover County, VA when his vehicle crossed the center line, colliding head on with a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer in the opposite lane. The Chevy Blazer was occupied by a woman and three children, ages two, six and seven.

When emergency crews responded to the accident, the Saab was on fire. The victims were rushed to the hospital. A female victim in Lawrence’s vehicle was pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA. Her name has not been released. Lawrence remains at VCU Medical Center. The remaining four victims who occupied the other vehicle were treated at VCU Medical Center and released. Police say the surviving victims are recovering well.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hanover County Police are continuing their investigation and speaking with witnesses. A police spokesman has said that additional charges against Lawrence are being evaluated in conjunction with the Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Richard E. Lawrence, Jr. is charged with DUI in Hanover County, Virginia.

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Virginia DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving


Virginia Lawyer Has DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving

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Upon conducting field sobriety tests, police arrested our client on suspicion of DUI

One of the Virginia DUI lawyers at Weiland Upton recently had a DUI charge reduced to reckless driving. The reduced charge resulted from the police officer’s reason for the stop.

Police stopped our client for failure to dim his headlights. Upon being stopped, the police officer smelled the odor of alcohol and noticed that our client had red, glassy eyes. The officer asked our client if he had been drinking. Our client responded that he had been earlier in the day. The officer asked our client to step out of the vehicle and proceeded to conduct field sobriety tests, to which our client performed poorly.

After refusing to take a breathalyzer test in the field, our client was arrested and taken to the police station. There, police conducted a breathalyzer test. Results show that our client’s blood alcohol content was at .14, well above the legal limit.

After hiring the Law Firm of Weiland Upton, our Virginia DUI attorney went to work pulling apart the case and was able to challenge the charge based in the reason for the stop. Section 46.2-1034 of the Code of Virginia states that “[w]henever a vehicle approaches an oncoming vehicle…the driver of such vehicle shall use the low beam of his vehicle’s headlights so aimed that glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of the oncoming driver.”

The police stopped our client for high beams, but our client was not operating the vehicle’s high beams at the time of the stop. Police mistook the fog lights for high beams and therefore stopped our client unlawfully.

As a result of the unlawful stop, the lawyer at Weiland Upton successfully argued for a reduction of the charge from a DUI to a Virginia reckless driving charge. As such, our client saved thousands of dollars in future insurance costs, avoided the employment stigma of a DUI conviction, and saved himself from the many ramifications that come with a DUI conviction in Virginia.

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Richmond Football Player Guilty of Virginia Reckless Driving

Richmond, VA Football Player Guilty of Reckless Driving

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Jimmy Speros pled guilty to reckless driving in Richmond, VA

A University of Richmond football player recently pled guilty to reckless driving in a Richmond, Virginia traffic court. James L. Speros, Jr. was charged with reckless driving and hit and run following an accident in Richmond’s West End.

Speros pled guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving and misdemeanor hit and run. The misdemeanor hit and run charge was reduced from a felony. Speros was fined $1,000 and given twelve-month suspended jail sentence.

The incident occurred in February when Speros drove his pickup truck through a stop sign, hitting an SUV and causing it to strike a brick wall. The two occupants of the SUV were injured.

Speros walked away from the scene and was arrested three days later for hit and run. According to the Richmond Sheriff’s Office, he faced a magistrate and was given a $3,500 unsecured bond before being released.

Jimmy Speros is an offensive lineman for the University of Richmond Spiders. He is also the son of noted NFL coach Jim Speros.

University of Richmond Director of Athletics Jim Miller said Speros has been allowed to continue on-campus football activities, including practice, but that no decision had been made as to reinstating him fully in the university’s football program.

Speros was found guilty of hit and run and reckless driving in Richmond, Virginia.

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Lawyer Has Virginia DUI Case Dismissed


Virginia DUI Dismissed in Court

A lawyer from Weiland Upton recently won a DUI case in a Virginia courtroom

The Law Firm of Weiland Upton successfully defended a client against a DUI, 1st offense charge in a Virginia courtroom. The Court dismissed the charge that the client was driving under the influence.

The client, whose identity will remain confidential, was stopped by police for weaving within his or her lane and for crossing both the white and yellow road markings. Upon pulling over, police conducted field sobriety tests on the client. The client performed poorly and police arrested him/her on suspicion of driving under the influence. Officers transported the suspect to an area hospital for a blood test.

Analysis of the blood sample showed that two illegal substances were present in the client’s blood stream at the time of the police stop.

In court, the attorney advised the defendant to plead not guilty and the case went to trial. The lawyer was able to successfully argue that a chemical analysis of the accused’s blood was not sufficient in proving that the substances detected in the blood sample impaired his or her ability to drive. The attorney also suggested the possibility that an underlying medical condition may have caused the defendant to drive erratically.

As a result of the arguments posed in trial by the attorney from Weiland Upton, the Court found the defendant not guilty of DUI in Virginia.

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