Almost 300 KPH on public roads: man banned from driving

The Magistrate's Court in Dendermonde (East Flanders) has decided on a sentence in the case of the speeding Aston Martin driver. The man reached a speed of 292 kilometres per hour (181.4 miles per hour) on the E17 Motorway in Waasmunster (between Ghent and Antwerp) last year. The judge has suspended his driving licence for 2 years and 8 months and imposed a penalty of 4,400 euros.

The case soon became a hot news item because his passenger, a 16-year-old boy, caught the speeding live on video and put it on YouTube. The footage enabled investigators to identify the driver: it turned out to be a 47-year-old property developer from Dendermonde (East Flanders).

A local Dendermonde court suspended his driving licence for 2.5 years and 2 months extra because his car was not properly insured. There is an additional 2.5 year probation period.

The driver also has to cough up a fine of 2,750 euros for speeding, together with 1,650 euros because his car was not properly insured. He also has to do 30 hours of community service in a rehabilitation centre for victims of traffic accidents.