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Bill to punish ‘crime of excessive speeding’

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REPRESENTATIVE Marco Peter has pre-filed House Bill 21-46, which  establishes the “crime of excessive speeding” and imposes a higher fine.

Current law or 9 CMC Section 5251 prohibits speeds faster than 45 mph while the reckless driving rule or 9 CMC Section 7104 does not specifically set any limit to clearly define reckless driving.

In an interview, Peter said his bill targets the traffic violation of “excessive speeding,” which means an infraction is committed when a driver is speeding 10 mph or more than the speed limit.

Under the current speed rule, a $35 fine is imposed on speeding and $5 for every additional mph over the speed limit. So if the speed is 50 mph, for example, and the speed limit is 45 mph, then the excess in speed is 5 mph times $5 per mph equals $25. This is in addition to the $35 fine, so the total fine will be $60, which goes to the Superior Court.

H.B. 21-46 will impose not less than a fine of $100 and not more than $500 for the first conviction, and for the second or any subsequent conviction within a period of one year, the fine is not more than $500.  Of this amount 75% goes to the Department of Public Safety.

Peter said his bill increases the fine to generate revenue for DPS.

“Right now, the court gets the full amount of fine. Nothing goes to DPS. H.B. 21-46 allots a portion of the fine to DPS,” he added.

 

 

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