North Dakota speeding tickets may double in priceFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The amount you pay for a speeding ticket in North Dakota may be doubling. The change could happen as soon as January.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The amount you pay for a speeding ticket in North Dakota may be doubling. The 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 local law enforcement 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.
Mike Reitan - West Fargo Assistant Police Chief: "Ninety-three 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 instead of $1 to $5. With any fine you'd pay an extra $20 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 $6 for each mile over, instead of $2. The extra $20 fee would also apply.
Mike 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 1 to 10 miles over the speed limit will cost you $125. Driving on a South Dakota Highway 1 to 5 miles over the speed limit you'll pay $104.
Mike 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.
Sheila Horner - Fargo: "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."
Others say it is a step in the right direction, but just doubling fines isn't enough.
Sean Hogan - Fargo: "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 they will evaluate the fines to see if and when they'd be raised next.