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Published April 19, 2011, 03:09 PM

ND Senate Approves $250 Fine for Driving Around Storm Gate

Drivers who go around barriers to drive on North Dakota roads may be facing a $250 fine.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Drivers who go around barriers to drive on North Dakota roads may be facing a $250 fine.

The North Dakota Senate gave final approval to the penalty Tuesday. If Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs it, the new fine will take effect Aug. 1.

The law is aimed at drivers who ignore barriers and drive on a road after authorities have shut it down because of bad weather or flooding. The penalty is now $20.

At one time the bill included driver's license penalty points and a provision that a stranded motorist who drove around a barrier would have to pay rescue costs.

Crosby Sen. John Andrist says the bill's final version has only the $250 fine for people who drive around barriers. He says House negotiators resisted a tougher penalty.

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