Fix proposed for county safe driving programs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state lawmaker says she’ll propose legislation to fix a dispute over revenue generated by traffic tickets.

More than a dozen Minnesota counties run safe driving programs for motorists ticketed for minor traffic violations. The infraction doesn’t go on the driver’s record and doesn’t affect their insurance premiums.

Counties or cities keep the revenue collected from any fines that are levied, instead of giving the state a cut. State Auditor Rebecca Otto says that may be in violation of state law.

KSTP-TV ( ) says some county attorneys and sheriffs disagree. Others say the law is unclear and needs clarification.

DFL Rep. Debra Hilstrom, of Brooklyn Center, says she’ll offer two bills to clarify the law.


Information from: KSTP-TV,

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