There is a new law in Finland regarding speeding. On February 11, 2004, Helsinki police stopped Jussi Salonoja, a 27-year-old Finnish sausage maker, driving 80 kilometers an hour in a 40-kph zone.
Salonoja is no stranger to illegal speeds. In 2000, he was caught cruising the highway at 200 kilometers per hour and paid a hefty fine. This time the fine was higher.
Finland has little tolerance for speeding and scale traffic fines to the income of the violator. Thanks to his position as Finland’s "sausage king," Salonja is a millionaire. His fine set a new national record at 170,000 euros. The cost in U.S. currency, $277,000.