ND bill would nail out-of-state speeders with bigger fines

BISMARCK – Tioga Rep. Bob Skarphol is tired of seeing the same out-of-state license plates on vehicles driven by new western North Dakota workers.

The Republican who lives in the heart of North Dakota’s oil boom has introduced a bill that would require people with out-of-state license plates to pay speeding fines of their home state.

“I think it’s gotten to the point where something needs to change,” Skarphol said of the out-of-state license plates, which often seem to outnumber North Dakota plates in the Oil Patch.

Under House Bill 1189, law enforcement would have the discretion to determine if the driver caught speeding is living and working in North Dakota and issue a higher fine. The higher fines would not apply to people visiting the state, Skarphol said.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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