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Germany may still have a few stretches of autobahns unrestricted by speed limits, but local law enforcement stick rigidly to noise pollution regulations. That's what one student found out, the hard way, when he had his Ferrari impounded by police in Munich for producing too much noise: nearly 110.5 dBa, twelve and a half decibels over the 98 dBa limit.

The student happened to be 25-year-old Seif al-Arab, the second youngest of Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi's seven sons. (Somewhat ironically, Seif's younger brother Khamis is himself a police officer in Libya.) Coughing up the fine, reported at ???100, shouldn't be a problem for a student with a trust fund big enough to buy a Ferrari F430 in the first place, but he might have to play the diplomatic immunity card over a reportedly expired international driver's permit.

Uh, Baba? Can you send me some more cash and a new license?

[Source: Telegraph via Winding Road]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish they enforced noise pollution laws in the States.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why bother impounding the car, just send him a bill for 100 Euros through the letter box.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really don't think that's ironic at all. I'm sure there are lots of police officers who have relatives that get speeding tickets. So what?
      • 7 Years Ago
      See, he should have driven a Porsche. Germans are a proud race! :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      What an Idiot. Ruin a perfectly sounding Ferrari Exhaust with some kind of Cherry-Bomb-Aftermarket-Job.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why would the fine be in British Pounds if this happened in Germany?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It was reported by the Telegraph, a UK newspaper. The fine must be the equivalent of £100. Comes out to about € 133.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did they recently impound Autoblog's headline grammar checker as well?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's better, Mike, but now you're using the passive voice.

        EDIT: German fuzz impounds Libyan dictator's son's noisy Ferrari.

        It's still bulky, but that's what you can do to correct, without really changing, the headline.

        Better headline: "Too bad it wasn't Hasslehoff's son. German 5-0 impounds ..."
        • 7 Years Ago
        EDIT: "German fuzz impound noisy Ferrari of Libyan dictator's son"

        I could do better if I had thought about it for more than .5 seconds...the AB EIC should have too...

        I don't normally pick on AB but this one is pretty bad...
        • 7 Years Ago
        it's still a bit wonky
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