Editorial: North Dakota still needs appropriate speeding fines

We thought this might be the year the Legislature moves to fix a potentially dangerous problem in the state.

However, the North Dakota House of Representatives last week chose to not pass a bill that would have increased fines for speeding and other traffic violations in the state. That means fines for basic violations — and most notably speeding — could continue to remain so cheap that they offer little deterrent to people who barrel down North Dakota’s streets, highways and interstates.

Specifically, the House considered a bill brought by Rep. Mark Owens, R-Grand Forks, that would have doubled current fines on state highways, which now stand at just $5 for each mile per hour over the speed limit. HB 1239 lost in a 59-31 vote.