Rep. Steve Hickey’s effort to penalize repeat speeders was defeated in a Senate committee Wednesday — but he’s getting used to it.
The 4-3 defeat came after a House committee also defeated the same bill — to which Hickey responded by using a parliamentary maneuver to force it to the full House.
Now he’s planning on counting his votes and possibly trying the same maneuver in the Senate.
His proposal would put speeding back on the “points system,” whereby drivers are assessed points on their license for moving violations. Currently drivers receive points for offenses such as drunk driving or running stop signs, but speeding is explicitly excluded.
Hickey would give drivers between one and three points for every speeding offense, depending on how fast they go. Drivers have their license suspended if they receive 15 points in 12 months.
He pitched it as a way to crack down on repeat speeders who collect 10 or more tickets per year, and save lives by preventing accidents.
“The state has a duty to revoke the driving privilege of those who persist in driving dangerously,” Hickey said.
The Senate Transportation Committee disagreed. Several members worried the proposal would sweep in all drivers and not just the worst speeders. Sen. David Omdahl, R-Sioux Falls, said he’d prefer to change the current reckless driving law to allow police to give repeat speeders more serious tickets.
After the bill’s defeat, Hickey said he’d consider using the “smokeout” maneuver which successfully revived the speeding bill in the House to bring it to the Senate floor as well.
“We’ve got to count our votes,” Hickey said. “We’re not done talking about it this year.”