North Dakota’s lead foot legislators

In a state where the Legislature has repeatedly rejected attempts to raise traffic fines – some of which have gone unchanged since the 1950s – some lawmakers are better than others at obeying the rules of the road, public records show.

Since 2005, at least 53 of the House of Representatives’ 94 members, or 57 percent, and at least 29 of 47 senators, or 62 percent, have been cited for speeding or other moving violations, according to a review of online court records in North Dakota and Minnesota.

At least 17 senators and 36 House members had more than one citation on their records between the two states. A dozen lawmakers had five to nine citations for traffic- and vehicle-related offenses, while four lawmakers had 10 citations or more.

Rob Port is the editor of 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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  • [email protected]

    Minnesota has pricey fines…. according to the basis of this article. Speeding should almost be non-existent there…

    Its about money, and will always be about the money….

    You really want to deter speeding? make every driver that gets stopped, sit in the back seat of the squad, and make him watch a super boring 45 minute video on the hazards of unsafe driving hazards oh, and have it in spanish too…two sentences in spanish, then repeat them in English etc…. then let them go, first they had to watch the worst video ever made, Then they lost almost a whole hour of time, which they can never make up for. and if they get caught speeding 10 minutes down the road again, they get to sit through the whole thing again. But of course this is really all about the money. and nothing else.

    • ec99

      Over 4 decades ago, when I took Driver’s Ed, they showed a movie produced by the Ohio DMV called “Signal 30.” Fifty minutes of traffic accident scenes and dismembered bodies. Pretty effective.

  • Roy_Bean

    What this really points out is the integrity of the law enforcement community in North Dakota. Their radar reads speed, not license plates.