August 21, 2007: Source – San Jose Mercury News
If you get stopped for speeding, don’t bother telling the judge you thought the speedometer was set to kilometers. Especially if you’re clocked at 104 in a Prius.
That’s more or less how Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak explained his inattentively excessive velocity.
Wozniak was headed to Las Vegas for a business trip with his pal Dan Sokol on March 28. Little head wind, light traffic, a straight road. His Prius was sailing along so smoothly that neither realized the speed Wozniak was reaching.
“I pleaded guilty, with an explanation,” Wozniak said in one of several e-mails exchanged [with Gary Richards of the San Jose Mercury News] the past few days. “I said that I was really scientific, and in the last year had been in Athens, Moscow, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich (twice), Zurich, Canada (three times), Columbia, Singapore, Japan, London, etc., and had gotten used to kilometer speeds.”
The judge didn’t buy it. The Apple bazillionaire can probably afford the $700 fine imposed, but going that fast is hell on fuel efficiency. Now that Wozniak’s reformed his driving habits, he says he can get up to 55 mpg on some highway trips. But at 104, that could drop to between 31 and 37.