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Published August 23, 2012, 09:16 PM

North Dakota Speeding Fines Could Double In January

The amount you pay for a speeding ticket in North Dakota might double. This change could happen as soon as January. The fines for speeding in North Dakota were drafted sometime in the 50’s and 60's and now lawmakers and police are looking to catch up with the times and give people even more of a reason to slow down.

By: Danielle Miller, WDAZ

The amount you pay for a speeding ticket in North Dakota might double. This change could happen as soon as January. The fines for speeding in North Dakota were drafted sometime in the 50’s and 60's and now lawmakers and police are looking to catch up with the times and give people even more of a reason to slow down.

West Fargo Assistant Police Chief Mike Reitan says one of the main reasons for the increase is to slow people down and reduce accidents.

Reitan: “93 percent of the crash fatalities that occur in North Dakota do involve driver behavior.”

Some of the changes would be on a roadway less than 65 miles per hour, if you were going 1 to 5 miles over the speed limit you would pay 18 to 30 dollars instead of one to five dollars and with any fine you'd pay an extra 20 dollars for a service charge.

On a roadway higher than 65 miles per hour if you're driving 1 to 5 miles per hour over you'd pay six dollars for each mile over, instead of two. The extra 20 dollar fee would also apply.

Reitan: “By increasing the fee structure we're hoping to increase that deterrent factor and cause people to slow down.

In our surrounding states speeding is a bit more expensive. In Clay County going one to ten miles over the speed limit will cost you 125 dollars. Driving on a South Dakota Highway one to five miles over the speed limit you'll pay 104 dollars.

Reitan: “Higher fees in those surrounding states have cause people from North Dakota to slow down.”

Most drivers we spoke to say bumping up the price would make people slow down.

Sheilia Horner: “It should probably be higher to slow some of those people down out there and help prevent some of the deaths that have been happening.”

Donald: “I think it's probably a step in the right direction.”

Others say it is a step in the right direction but just doubling fines isn't enough.

Sean Hogan: “At least triple if not quadruple, otherwise it's not even compared close to what Minnesota charges.”

Reitan says it's best to start small and work up to bigger fines. If passed fines will be evaluated to see if and when they'd be raised next.t

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