Some European countries have been doing this very same thing for a few years or longer.
I mostly read of this when a wealthy fellow has been fined a few hundred thousand dollars because of excessive speeding.
Should we not implement income/asset based fines for such offences as speeding, Due Care & Attention and in particular Impaired driving
An example being Impaired Driving - Eastern Canada has on average higher fines and more often then not incarceration as well. Ontario and West the numbers drop. Going from memory on an old article I read a bit ago so it is not a point of contention
Example - Persons income 50 k - fined 2 K for Impaired - 4 % of gross income
Example - Persons income 150 k - fined 2 K for Impaired - Approx 1.40 % of gross income - No Lawyers involved
GENEVA–A Swiss court made recent headlines around the world by slapping a euro203,181 ($300,321 Canadian) speeding ticket on a millionaire Ferrari driver. The punishment struck many people as extreme, but Swiss legal experts and campaigners defend basing fines on income as a fair and effective way to make the wealthy obey traffic laws.
Germany, France, Austria and the Nordic countries also issue punishments based on a person's wealth. In Germany the maximum fine can be as much as $16.6 million compared to only $1 million in Switzerland.
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6063XO20100107 (external - login to view)