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Motor vehicle fines going up significantly across the NWT

If you’re caught breaking the rules of the road in the NWT after Friday, get ready to pay a lot more for it.

That’s because the Department of Transportation is increasing over 200 fines under the territory’s Motor Vehicles Act regulations starting Apr. 1.

“The decision comes in an effort to make territorial roads safer for motorists, pedestrians and other users of the highway system,” read a statement issued by the department Tuesday.

As of Apr. 1, drivers who fail to stop for school buses will have to pay a fine of $402 compared to the previous fee of $115.

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Fines for failing to stop at a red light and for not wearing a seatbelt will also be more costly, going from $86 to $172 and from $115 to $172 respectively.

You can find a full list of the new fines here.

The department says it will conduct public awareness campaigns throughout the year in an effort to reduce the number of incidents on NWT roads and highways.

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