JAMESTOWN — A Senate bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature proposes raising the speed limit on interstate highways, but speeding fines in the state remain lower than in Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota.
Sen. Lonnie Laffen, R-Grand Forks, introduced Senate Bill 2057 to increase the speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph on “access-controlled, paved and divided, multi-lane interstate highways.” The bill, which would affect Interstates 29 and 94, was debated in the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday. No further action has been taken on Laffen’s bill as of Tuesday.
Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, previously said he has heard concerns about speeding fines, and that people are saying fines need to increase so drivers will respect the speed limit.
Lt. Tom Iverson with the North Dakota Highway Patrol said the patrol hasn’t seen issues with drivers speeding in North Dakota when entering from neighboring states with higher speed limits.
South Dakota and Montana raised the speed limit on interstate highways to 80 mph in 2015.
The fines for speeding in South Dakota range from $85 to $220, said Tony Mangan, public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
Speeding fines in Montana increased when the change in speed limit took effect. Fines for speeding in the state now range from $40 to $200, according to the Montana Senate bill.
Minnesota’s interstate speed limits may be lower than North Dakota’s, 65 mph on urban interstate highways and 70 mph on rural interstate highways, but the fines are still higher.
The fines for speeding in Minnesota range from $115 to $375, according to the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.