STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Bill would allow cities to raise traffic fines
BISMARCKA bill that would allow cities to increase traffic fines created lengthy debate Thursday among state lawmakers.
House Bill 1278 would allow cities to increase their traffic fines by up to dou... Posted on 2/10/11 at 6:53 PM
Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland became the third major bank to be caught up in a global probe of interest rate manipulation Wednesday, but what makes the $610 million fine against the lender so remarkable is how it will be paid: by the bankers themselves.
If you get a speeding ticket in North Dakota, your fine is likely to be the same amount that your grandfather paid in 1972.
That was 40 long years ago. So, the fines should go up, as a legislative committee decided last week.
BISMARCK — A bill that would allow cities to increase traffic fines created lengthy debate Thursday in the House before gaining approval.
House Bill 1278 would allow cities to increase their traffic fines by up to double the state fines. Cities would keep the additional revenue.
Testimony revealed the biggest issue with current fines is they do not act as a deterrent, said Rep. Brenda Heller, R-Beulah. The bill would allow individual communities to set traffic fines with their local experience, she said.
By Teri Finneman, Forum Communications Co.
, February 11, 2011
Stutsman County received a setback in its efforts to create an ordinance restricting weights on county roads Monday when the North Dakota attorney general released an opinion which said any fines generated by a county load limit ordinance would go to the state treasury.
“We were warned this may happen by Fritz (Fremgen, Stutsman County state’s attorney),” said Noel Johnson, chief operating officer of Stutsman County. “It takes the financial incentive out of a county ordinance.”
Traffic fines may cost the city of Fargo more than $1 million.
Federal court documents say the city may have to pay that amount to settle a lawsuit over traffic fines that have been ruled illegal because they exceeded the amount allowed under state law.
The deadline has passed for submitting claims in a federal class action lawsuit against the city of Fargo over traffic fines.
Notices were sent to drivers letting them know they were eligible for part of the $1.5 million settlement. Monday was the deadline to submit a claim.
Brett Favre said Wednesday he believes the fines handed down by the NFL for his absence from last year’s New York Jets injury reports were “very unfair.”
Favre was asked by reporters for the first time about the $125,000 in penalties levied on the Jets organization ($75,000), general manager Mike Tannenbaum ($25,000), and former head coach Eric Mangini ($25,000).
“I just think it’s wrong,” Favre said. “They did everything that I felt they were supposed to.”
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