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Old 10-14-2014, 09:27 AM
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Any way to make sure there are no tickets/fines out in Europe?

To make a long story short, I picked up a M5 back in 2012. I never received anything in the mail, but I'm about 99% positive i should have gotten some tickets from flashboxes.

Is there anyone I can contact that can check and see whether I have any tickets/fines outstanding? I'm specifically worried about Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. I don't want to be at the airport in Germany in passport control and find out I have a $10,000 fine to pay.

Thanks for any help y'all can offer. I'm willing to pay a lawyer to look into this if anyone knows of someone who deals in this sort of international situation.

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Old 10-14-2014, 11:17 AM
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2012? If you haven't gotten them by now, you're ok. The registration on the car points back to your address in the US I believe, so they'll find you. They always have in the past for other 'festers.
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:24 AM
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I just figured I had some pretty significant violations. And the last thing I want is to find out as I'm entering the country...
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:27 PM
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To make a long story short, I picked up a M5 back in 2012. I never received anything in the mail, but I'm about 99% positive i should have gotten some tickets from flashboxes.

Is there anyone I can contact that can check and see whether I have any tickets/fines outstanding? I'm specifically worried about Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. I don't want to be at the airport in Germany in passport control and find out I have a $10,000 fine to pay.

Thanks for any help y'all can offer. I'm willing to pay a lawyer to look into this if anyone knows of someone who deals in this sort of international situation.

Thanks
It's not the monetary fine you should be worrying about. They have special ways of dealing with people like you.
Just kidding. If you never received a ticket, don't sweat it.
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:06 PM
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Don't blame you about worrying about Switzerland. If you have an unpaid ticket, you are not leaving the airport. Your next stop will be on a flight out of the country. Seriously, my cousin works at the Zurich airport and had to tell a passenger who just stepped off the plane why he couldn't enter the country.
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:08 AM
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Trust me, those tickets find you!!!
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:43 AM
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I would think 10k would put you more securely in the we-have-not-forgotten-you category than $100 would.
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:58 AM
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Don't blame you about worrying about Switzerland. If you have an unpaid ticket, you are not leaving the airport. Your next stop will be on a flight out of the country. Seriously, my cousin works at the Zurich airport and had to tell a passenger who just stepped off the plane why he couldn't enter the country.
This is exactly what I'm trying to avoid. Can you imagine having an ED scheduled and be unable to participate due to some unpaid fine? I don't think the 'Well it never came in the mail' excuse is gonna fly...

Any ideas guys?

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Old 10-15-2014, 09:21 AM
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$10k? Were you bouncing off the top speed limiter from border to border?

I think you're fine, at least in Germany. A good friend of mine had a few outstanding tickets from years back (which he never paid) and was fine entering the country just a few weeks ago.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:01 PM
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Actually, it would be very easy to rack up a speeding fine of >$ 10K, especially in Switzerland, Finland or Sweden.

You could easily get a $20-$50K fine and forfeit the car for less than 100mph in Switzerland, depending how well heeled you are. Google and weep!
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:49 PM
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^^ so max would be 50k and say a 70k car = 120k. Color me sceptical.
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Old 10-15-2014, 05:09 PM
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^^ so max would be 50k and say a 70k car = 120k. Color me sceptical.
I suggest you do some research on the speeding laws in Switzerland after 1/1/13 prior to flagrantly speeding there. Eg; first offense of 40 kph over in an 80 kph zone will cost you a suspension of 3 months and a fine of 20 days (~ a months) pay. So, how much do you earn This is for ~75 mph; the fines get really big over 100mph. Here is 57km/h over--->

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Highest speeding fine - Ferrari Testarossa driver sets world record

ST. GALLEN, Switzerland -- A Swiss cantonal court has slapped a wealthy Ferrari driver with a $290,000 speeding fine - which sets the new world record for the Highest speeding fine - after the motorist reportedly drove through a village in a candy red Ferrari Testarossa at 137 km/h, which was 57 km/h over the speed limit.

Judges at the cantonal court in St. Gallen, in eastern Switzerland, said they based the fine on the speeder's estimated wealth of over $20 million US and the fact he was a repeat offender. (enlarge photo)

''The accused ignored elementary traffic rules with a powerful vehicle out of a pure desire for speed,'' the court said in its judgment.
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:00 PM
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Hell, the Swiss Polizei charged us $1043.00 USD for making an illegal u-turn even though there were no indications that no u-turns were allowed.
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:35 PM
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Hell, the Swiss Polizei charged us $1043.00 USD for making an illegal u-turn even though there were no indications that no u-turns were allowed.
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Old 10-16-2014, 04:17 AM
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You could easily get a $20-$50K fine and forfeit the car for less than 100mph in Switzerland,
Ok we are getting closer to real for a typical ED - which does not include one of the world's richest persons setting land speed records or whatever that said.
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I stand by a potential $10K bogey for a BMW ED infraction in Switzerland at 40 mph over the speed limit.

As one who has written (pink) proof from the CHP that my '72 2002 tii could in fact exceed the posted limit by more than 60 mph I am vigilant when driving in Sweden and Switzerland.
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:44 AM
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Ok we are getting there! Down from 120k all the way to 10k !!
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