For instance, a 10-mph speeding violation in a North Dakota speed zone of 55 mph or lower costs $10, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. In South Dakota it costs $105. This is just one example of how South Dakota's speeding tickets vary from its neighboring states. Each state has different dollar amounts, systems and filing methods for speeding tickets.
A 10-mph speeding violation in South Dakota is $105, no matter what speed zone it's in. However, North Dakota has a speeding ticket system in which the $10 fee jumps to $20 in a 65 mph speed zone and $50 for speed zones of 70 mph or more, according to the highway patrol.
The reason speeding tickets in North Dakota are less expensive is because speeders pay a standard fee without court costs, said Lynn Heinert, traffic records manager for North Dakota.
When a speeder receives a citation in South Dakota, court costs are already figured into the fine, said Sgt. Jay Tobin with the Aberdeen Police Department.
Fines in South Dakota are:
• $85: 1 to 5 mph over.
• 6 to 10 mph over.
• $125: 11 to 15 mph over.
• $145: 16 to 20 mph over.
• $165: 21 to 25 mph over.
• For tickets 26 mph over and up, the fines are determined by a court appearance.
Depending on where a speeder is caught in Montana, a citation will not include a court fee, making a 10-mph-over violation cost $20. Speeders on an interstate usually will not pay the $38 court fee that violators on a secondary highway do, said Sharon Skaggs, court supervisor for Yellowstone County, Mont.
"It really depends on the location the ticket is given," Skaggs said.
The cost of a speeding violation of 10 mph over issued in Nebraska begins at $25, said Fred Zwonechek, highway safety administrator for Nebraska. A court cost of $48 is then added to the fine. If a driver gets more than one traffic violation — for example, a speeding violation and an incomplete stop at a stop sign — the court cost would remain $48, he said.
Wyoming's speeding citations already have court costs figured, said Lt. Will Zilka, of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
The Wyoming speeding ticket system is unique in that it has higher dollar amounts set for trucks exceeding 26,000 pounds. A speed violation of 10 mph over in a 65 mph speed zone would be $380 for a truck exceeding 26,000 pounds, compared with a citation of $80 for a passenger vehicle, Zilka said.
South Dakota and most neighboring states have speeding citation systems with dollar amounts used statewide.
"A ticket we issue within (Aberdeen) is the same amount as a ticket issued by state patrol," Tobin said.
Not every state has a statewide system like South Dakota. In Minnesota, each county handles setting fines differently, said Eric Roeske, a lieutenant with the Minnesota Highway Patrol. The patrol uses the fine amount set by the county where the speeding offense occurs, Roeske said.
"A citation for 10 mph over the speed limit is usually between $120 to $140," Roeske said.
Each county has different fees for processing tickets and court costs, said Kyle Christopherson, a communications specialist for the Minnesota judicial branch. The state soon will implement a statewide system, Christopherson said.
In 2010, South Dakota had a total of 36,530 speeding citations statewide, said Terry Woster, the public information officer for South Dakota.
More than 1,300 speeding tickets, or an average of about four a day, were issued in 2010 in Aberdeen, Tobin said.
Problem areas are monitored with a speed box, which records the speed cars are traveling and at what times, he said.