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Published March 25, 2011, 02:42 PM

Some ND Cities Want Higher Traffic Fines

Some North Dakota police officials say traffic fines are too low to keep drivers from breaking the law.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some North Dakota police officials say traffic fines are too low to keep drivers from breaking the law.

A bill in the North Dakota Senate would let cities raise their fines to double their current levels. Now, the state sets the fines and cities can't go above that.

On some roads, driving 15 mph over the speed limit is now a $15 ticket. It costs $20 for not using a seatbelt.

Supporters say drivers risk breaking the law because tickets are cheap. They say the fines barely cover the cost of paperwork.

Opponents say cities could raise fees to bring in more revenue. They say penalties should be the same across the state.

The Senate Transportation Committee reviewed the bill Friday and took no action. It is HB1278.

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