Speeding tickets are usually akin to fire ants: one is manageable, but when they start coming in bunches, you’re going to get burned. Unfortunately some tickets are greater than others—and some are like, 100x greater than others
. Listed below are the 10 most expensive speeding tickets ever recorded. Penny-pinching racers, Tokyo drift your eyeballs away from this list:
10. $3,000+ for many, many speedy Virginians:
Virginia may be for lovers, but it’s also for people who don’t mind paying a second mortgage for speeding. In the mid-’00s, Virginia introduced the steepest speeding penalties (monetarily speaking) in the country. Plenty of people have been hit with $3k+ speeding tickets in Virginia, but these extraordinarily sharp fines and laws only apply to permanent residents—so drive through West Virginia instead (and pick up some moonshine while you’re at it).
9. $4,643 for the Bimmer driver on his cell phone:
This British businessman got himself into quite a speed-related pickle in 2007, tallying up a ginormous $4,643 after being caught on camera going 156 mph while on his mobile phone in the otherwise jolly UK. Ronald Klos, the businessperson in question, is described by the BBC as “an amateur race car driver.” I’d say don’t quit your day job, but hitting 156 mph while talking on the phone is kind of Jeff Gordon-esque. I’m not even mad, in fact I’m kind of impressed.