New deterrent again sought for South Dakota speeders

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Thursday, January 03, 2013

A South Dakota state lawmaker is once again looking to up the ante on people caught speeding on roadways.

Rep. Steve Hickey, R-Sioux Falls, is preparing a bill for consideration during the session that begins next week to add speeding tickets to the system that gives drivers points on their records for moving violations. Too many points and the worst repeat offenders would have had their license suspended.

South Dakota law now adds points to licenses for certain traffic offenses. However, since the mid ‘80s points are not attached to speeding violations.

Hickey has said that the rule does not make sense. He is hopeful the stiffer punishment would discourage the worst of the worst offenders who continue to speed despite their tickets.

In 2012, a similar effort to change the rule was narrowly defeated by House lawmakers. Opponents pointed out that fines and penalties for exceeding the speed limit typically exceed $100. They said the hit to offenders’ pocketbooks is punishment enough.

Hopeful that the second time is the charm, Hickey is expected to again push to impose one- to three-point penalties for speeders, depending on the speed over the posted limit. The points would be added to the existing fines for speeding.

Currently, accumulating 15 points in 12 months or 22 points in 24 months can result in license suspension.

The bill could be considered during the regular session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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