A confused Chongqing driver has tried to exculpate himself of 21 speeding fines by claiming he simply misread his car’s speed gauge, reports South China Morning Post.
The restaurant owner (surprisingly not a specialist in physics) racked up 21 tickets over 18 months due to his slight oversight—failing to discern that the speedometer display of 120 mph was actually equivalent to almost 200 kmph.
The man avowed that he never willfully breached the speed restrictions, claiming he was sure to strictly abide the 120 limit, albeit according to an erroneous unit of measurement.
Police were initially perplexed at his insistence of innocence, and it was not until they looked inside his 1.6 million RMB car that they finally understood the cause of the misunderstanding—the MPH dashes were more prominently displayed than the KMPH markings.
Police took a dim view of the man’s unmitigated stupidity, enforcing the 12,600 RMB fine and revoking his license.
For more comical efforts from China’s roads, check out this gallery of inexplicably stuck cars and the Jinan woman who posed for photos after drunkenly smashing into a barricade.
By Liam Bourke