Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen earned himself a
ridiculous speeding ticket in Finland
Yahoo Sports CanadaJ
July 4, 2019
The wallet of Buffalo blueliner Rasmus Ristolainen - seen here in a file photo from 2018 - is significantly lighter after driving double the speed limit in his hometown of Turku back in May. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
We’ve all been there.
While in a bit of a rush from one place to another, your foot becomes a little heavy on the gas pedal and you get caught. There’s no doubt about it: Receiving a speeding ticket sucks.
However, picking one up while in Finland — if you’re wealthy — is astronomically worse.
According to Ilta-Sanomat, a Finnish news outlet, Sabres defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen was recently fined just north of 120,000 euros for going twice the speed limit in his hometown of Turku, Finland, in early May.
Based on the current exchange rate, that’s equivalent to about $176,700 CAD or $135,440 USD.
In Finland, speeding tickets are based on how much money you make. According to John McKenna, a senior writer for the World Economic Forum, the country operates using a “day fine” system that is “calculated on the basis of an offender’s daily disposable income.” That value is generally half of their daily salary.
The number of day fines an individual is punished with is based on exactly how much they were travelling over the speed limit.
Ristolainen was reportedly driving his Mercedes-Benz G 500 SUV 81 km/h in a 40 km/h zone, according to Ilta-Sanomat. For his actions, he was sentenced to 40 day fines. With the 24-year-old coming off the third year of a six-year, $32.4 million contract, his ticket came to a whopping six-figure total.
It’s believed to be the most expensive speeding ticket ever handed out in Finland, according to Buffalo News. He isn’t the only professional Finnish hockey player that’s been caught for letting a few too many of the ponies under the hood gallop while back in the home country, though....
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