Legislation to raise
speed limits on North Dakota’s four-lane highways cruised through
the Legislature last week and is headed to the governor for approval.
HB1047 won House and
Senate approval April 21 in only a few hours. After House lawmakers endorsed
the bill 57-34, it was taken to the Senate, where it was approved 32-14.
The speed-limit bill
increases interstate speed limits from 70 mph to 75 mph, and bumps the
limit to 70 mph on other four-lane roads.
Some speeding fines would
be increased under the bill, which also restructures how the penalties
The measure would impose
a $2 fine for every mile per hour a driver is over the speed limit. Once
a driver reaches 10 mph over the limit, the per-mile fine is bumped to
Gov. John Hoeven vetoed
a 75 mph speed limit in 2001, The Fargo Forum reported. He said
the higher limit should have been accompanied by stronger penalties for