Contact Us

ND Police: Traffic Fines Are Too Low!

Police Speed Trap_Sean Gallup/Getty
Police Speed Trap_Sean Gallup/Getty

North Dakota police have a problem with the fines issued for traffic violations in our state – they’re too low!

A speeding ticket in North Dakota can cost as little as five dollars. Running a red light is around twenty. In Minnesota by contrast, the same infractions can cost over a hundred dollars.

As KXMB notes, “It’s never a good day when you get pulled over and get a ticket. But authorities say those fines are merely a slap on the wrist and they’re frustrated.”

Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin is among the more vocal opponents of the lax penalties: “The people laugh and then drive away and say ‘Well, thank you!’ And off they go with their 10 dollar or 20 dollar ticket.”

The point system is another point of contention: in North Dakota you have to rack up twelve points before you lose your license.

That number is lower elsewhere. In California for example a “negligent” drive can lose driving privileges with as few as four points.

KXMB says the state legislature isn’t expected to take up the issue again until 2018.

[Source: KXMB]

[Source: California DMV]



Best of KBYZ

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Friends With Benefits quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Friends With Benefits contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.