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1st-Jul-2010 03:36 pm
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North Dakota has had the same traffic violation fine since the 1950's: $20 (converter here in case you want to know how low that is). It has now come up that perhaps the fine should be raised. Pretend for a moment that you lived in North Dakota and that you cared enough about the traffic violation fine to contact your government representative(s). What would you tell him or her?

Poll #1586611 ND Traffic Fine

The North Dakota traffic fine is:

Awesome and should stay $20
Ludicrously low and should be raised

(For slightly more information, here is an article from the Fargo Forum.)
1st-Jul-2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
And I say that as someone who has multiple speeding tickets in her past and has gotten out of a few more. That's crazy low!
1st-Jul-2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
That is stupid low. Fines are supposed to deter people from speeding.. $20 is something that some people would be willing to pay for the privledge to speed. :-P
1st-Jul-2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
1st-Jul-2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Well, it is a contentious issue. People who live near Montana do not want to give up the freedom of driving however they want with little to no consequences. Meanwhile, where I live on the eastern border, you pay $20 to speed, then cross the bridge into Minnesota and pay a minimum of $100.
1st-Jul-2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
On the subject of silly low penalties, there is a $10 fine for adultery in my state. Whether you agree with the spirit of the law or not, it's quite hilarious. (Also leads into great conversations - is it $10 per adulterous act, or per adulterous relationship, or just for adultery in general? Could someone pay this in advance? etc etc)
2nd-Jul-2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
ot but I'm happy to see Junno over here!! XD Yay Johnny's fans!! :D
2nd-Jul-2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh Kimutaku!
2nd-Jul-2010 04:31 am (UTC)
CPI - Not just there to give economists a job.
2nd-Jul-2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
In the 1950s, I'm sure this fine would have seemed much larger. Has it really not risen with inflation? How interesting. I wonder what the equivalent to $20 in the fifties would be today.
2nd-Jul-2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
I used this inflation calculator and the dates of 1950 and 2009 and got that if the fine was adjusted for inflation it would look more like ~$90.
2nd-Jul-2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oops, by this I meant $10 would look more like $90. '50s $20 was more like $3.
3rd-Jul-2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Hmm, interesting. According to that calculator, $20 in 1950 is roughly equivalent to $175 in 2009. The latter definitely seems like a more contemporary traffic violation fine. I find it so bizarre that the fine has been the same since 1950.

Thank you for the calculator, by the way ^_^
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