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Published February 04, 2011, 02:27 PM

Higher Fines for School, Construction Zone Speeding Proposed

A retired state highway patrolman wants harsher penalties for North Dakotans who drive on closed roads and speed in school and construction zones

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A retired state highway patrolman wants harsher penalties for North Dakotans who drive on closed roads and speed in school and construction zones.

Fargo Rep. Ed Gruchalla is pushing a bill that would put a $500 fine on the most serious speeding offenses.

It would also boost the number of penalty points an offender gets against his or her driver's license.

Driving more than 20 mph over the limit in a construction or school zone would mean six points against a license. Motorists who get 12 points have their licenses suspended for a week.

Someone who drove on a closed road would also be hit with a six-point penalty. Now, it's a $20 fine.

The House Transportation Committee reviewed Gruchalla's bill Friday. It is HB1381.

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