Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski

FARGO (KFGO/KVRR) – Fargo city leaders are still looking for ways to crack down on dangerous driving and problems with loud vehicles and mufflers.

Police Chief Dave Zibolski says the laws need to be changed. He says fees for speeding and dangerous driving are low compared to Minnesota and are not a deterrent.

Penalties for exhibition driving are $50 and $100 for drag racing and cannot be increased due to state law.

“The importance of deterrence and having significant punishment for those who do not comply with the law is extremely important,” Zibolski said.

Zibolski and the city attorney’s office will come back to the commission with specific ways to improve local ordinances and press for legislative changes to the laws.

“We have an urban problem versus small communities. So it could just be an argument (against the state): ‘OK, if you’re a city this size, you can increase your fines or do something else,'” Mayor Tim Mahoney said.

Commissioners also voted 4-1 to lower the speed limit on 52nd Avenue South from I-29 to the Sheyenne River from 45 to 60 miles per hour.

It will come into effect next Tuesday.