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.

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