Rapid City Police Chief skeptical of repeat speeder legislation - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City Police Chief skeptical of repeat speeder legislation


Travis Rypkema is a good driver, just ask him. "The two people who ride with me laugh when I say that."
He said he's not opposed to the idea of new legislation to take repeat speeders off the road. "You probably should lose your license for a period of time. Not forever." 
The idea is not a new one: assign points to speeding violations on drivers licenses. If you rack up 15 points within a year, your license will be suspended automatically.
"[Speeders are] obviously not learning from the citations they're getting. Some other means may have to be taken to learn to slow down," said Evan Harris, a patrol officer with the Rapid City Police Department.
"One of the things you don't want to do with laws is just simply create more criminals," said Steve Allender, Rapid City Police Chief.
Allender isn't quite convinced the law would keep speeders off the road.
"Suspended driving can't really be stopped because we are so tied to transportation and the urban sprawl. Rapid City, a town of 70,000 people has 55 square miles," said Allender.
And the idea is also not popular with some drivers who've recently seen flashing lights in their rear view mirrors.
"It's not fair. They give you a big fine, almost 200 bucks," said Cordelia Means, who received at least one speeding ticket this year.
But Allender said the law may serve to prompt the common sense of some drivers.
"If it takes 15 points to be revoked, maybe when you get 7, 10, 12 points you start driving responsibly, maybe that's the benefit," said Allender.

According to Allender, roughly five percent of drivers on the road are driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Rep. Steve Hickey of Sioux Falls plans to ask the South Dakota Legislature to pass a measure that would mean drivers who repeatedly speed could lose their licenses.

 A similar bill was rejected by the South Dakota House last year.

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