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Published April 04, 2011, 03:31 PM

Higher Traffic Fines Hit Red Light in ND Senate

An increase in North Dakota's traffic fines has hit another red light in the state Senate.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An increase in North Dakota's traffic fines has hit another red light in the state Senate.

Senators defeated a bill Monday to let cities charge traffic fines up to double the state fine for the same offense.

The Legislature sets North Dakota's traffic fines and they haven't gone up in decades. A ticket for running a stop sign costs $20. On most roads, driving 21 mph over the speed limit means a $28 fine.

In North Dakota's neighboring states the same offenses can mean a fine of well over $100.

Critics of the bill say it would give cities a financial incentive to write more tickets and would lead to a hodgepodge of fines across the state.

Senators defeated the legislation 34-13.

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