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Published August 26 2012

Forum editorial: Boat crash progress wins roses

Prairie roses: To Becker County, Minn., authorities who have conducted an exhaustive and focused investigation into a hit-and-run boat accident that occurred on July 4. It appears they are closer to determining who was operating a motor boat that crashed into another craft, injuring occupants, and then sped away. Last week they were examining damaged boats that might fit the description of the offending boat. The investigation has included frequent requests of help from the public to identify the offending boat, which likely was damaged in the collision. Through the process of elimination, sheriff’s personnel believe they are getting close to solving the crime. It’s been good police work on a very tough case.

Prairie roses: To a committee of the North Dakota Legislature that last week got serious about raising fines for speeding violations. Fines have not been changed for years, and remain among the lowest in the nation. In the past the Legislature has been reluctant to raise fines despite pleas from law enforcement and from families of victims of high-speed fatal accidents. The atmosphere might be right for changing, since law enforcement reports speed is one of the major factors in fatal crashes, and higher fines have been shown to be a deterrent in other states.

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