Montana is famous for a lot of things, one of them being that for many years you could darn near go almost as fast as you wanted on the interstates and highways. Of course, all good things come to an end, and back in the late 90s, the legislature decided to change all of that.

Even after the change, folks continued to go fast and for many years it was said that if you just kept a few bucks on the dash, you could pay whoever pulled you over and then be on your way.

I can tell you that on one spring day back in 2008, I tested that theory as I was driving with a bit of a lead foot outside of Missoula and was pulled over by one of our fine Montana State Highway Patrol Officers, he let me off with a warning but told me the next time, it would cost me 20 bucks.

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How much will a speeding ticket cost you in Montana?

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Before we reveal what speeding costs in Montana, let's take a look at some of the best vehicles for winter when driving in Montana.

The Best Vehicles For Winter Driving In Montana

In need of the perfect vehicle for winter driving in Montana? There are several different options when it comes to buying a vehicle with all-wheel or 4-wheel drive, however, according to U.S. News and World Report, these are the top vehicles for winter weather driving.

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So how much can you expect to pay? Well, that depends. According to the website Mr. Speeding Ticket, depending on how fast you're going will determine the amount of your fine. The site says you're likely to pay the following amounts depending on your speed.

  • A $20 fine for driving 1-10 miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • $70 in fines for driving 11-20 miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • A $120 fine for driving 21-30 miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • Finally, a $200 fine if caught driving more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit.
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So as you can see, the days of having a few bucks on the dash of your car seem to be long gone.

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