By Fiona Zublin | OZY
Katharina G. Andresen, 22, was booked for drunk driving in 2017. Her fine: $30,400. Though still a student, she was estimated to be Norway’s richest woman due to wealth from her father’s company. And in Norway — along with Finland, Switzerland and, to a certain extent, the U.K. — traffic fines are based on a percentage of the offender’s income, not on a flat fee. Which is exactly how it should work.
A flat fee of $300 can be a life-changing disaster for some and merely an inconvenience for others. And for the truly wealthy? A drop in the bucket. But wealth shouldn’t be a determining factor in whether a speeding ticket hurts, because driving too fast or under the influence carries the same danger to others no matter how much you are worth.
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