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Something speeding drivers are sure to love

Tucked away deep in the transportation policy bill now under scrutiny in a House-Senate conference committee is a fun little item for speeding drivers: It would help hide even more speeding tickets from insurance companies.

The item — only in the House bill, so the Senate negotiators must be persuaded — expands the Dimler Amendment, which has been the law since 1986.

The Dimler provision, named for former GOP Rep. Chuck Dimler of Chanhassen, says that motorists caught going between 55 and 65 mph in a 55 zone could be ticketed and fined, but the offense couldn’t go on their record. Insurance companies don’t see that offense when setting rates.

The House’s proposed expansion would hide the ticket — you’d still have to pay the fine — if you were caught going 10 mph too fast in a 60 zone.

I’m not going to tell my teenage boys about this.

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