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Speed Camera Issues Ticket For 400MPH Over The Limit

first_imgStay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img If you drive a car with any regularity, chances are good that you’ve been nabbed for exceeding the speed limit. I’m willing to bet that you’ve never gotten nailed for driving 14 times the posted speed, however.One bewildered driver recently received just such a citation. A Belgian man was clocked by a traffic camera at the asphalt-melting speed of 696kph (432mph). The offense took place in a 50km/h zone in Quiévrain, a small town with a population of about 6,600.While it’s certainly possible for a car to achieve speeds like that, typically it’s done by wheeled land-jets on very, very flat stretches in remote desert areas. You don’t generally read about a car like an Opel Astra ripping up the roads at just over half the speed of sound.The Astra, in case you’re not familiar, is pretty similar to a Chevrolet Cruze. It’s built to impress drivers with its fuel economy, not its quarter-mile times. The speedometer tops out at a far less jaw-dropping 260kph.One of the sportier models, the Astra G OPCThere’s really no technology out there that would turn an Astra into something capable of blowing by an F1 racer like it was standing still. Nothing except a glitchy speed camera, that is.The stunned driver knew something had to be amiss as soon as he opened the letter from the Belgian authorities. Not quite ready to fork over the nearly $8,000 cover the ticket he questioned the report’s accuracy.A coding error was blamed for the mishap, but the driver didn’t get off scot-free. The driver was issued a new ticket for 60kph and much more easy-to-swallow fine of about sixty bucks.Authorities asserted that despite the spectacular slip-on on the driver’s speed it wouldn’t have fired at all if he hadn’t been far enough over the limit to warrant a ticket. He opted not to push things and take the 99.2% discount.Ticket image via The Telegraphlast_img read more