An Italian woman driving a Ford Focus down a coastal highway received a ticket for going hundreds of miles an hour over the limit after a speed camera malfunctioned and police failed to pick up on the error, according to a local report.
The camera recorded her speed at 703 kmph, or almost 437 mph, according to a translation of an article on the Italian car site Autoappassionati. That’s closer to the speed of an airliner than it is to a race car.
And it’s about 100 mph more than the Devel Sixteen – a 5,007 horsepower supercar among the fastest in the world, according to the luxury product publication Luxe Digital.
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For comparison, the 495 horsepower 2020 Corvette Z51 tops out at 184 mph, Car and Driver reported in October.
The version of the Ford Focus available in Europe can reach a top speed of 155 mph, according to the automotive review site Motor1.
The Autoappassionati report said local police failed to double-check the camera’s findings before mailing the woman a ticket – which placed 10 points on her license and carried a fine of 850 euros, or just under $1,000.
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Giovanni Strologo, a transportation spokesman for the community of Offagna, in Ancona province, where the incident happened, advised the driver to appeal to the local government for compensation, according to the report.
In a Facebook post, he noted that police should have checked the details before sending the driver a ticket and joked that “even with a missile” the car could not possibly reach speeds that high.
Street cameras have been controversial in the U.S. as well.
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The New York Post reported in April that speed cameras in the Big Apple led to 180,000 tickets over a two-week span – even with the city’s streets seeing only a fraction of their usual traffic during the coronavirus outbreak.