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NDSU athletic director renews traffic ticket talk with coach Bohl
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North Dakota State University athletic director Gene Taylor said Tuesday he's talked to head football coach Craig Bohl in the past about his speeding tickets and renewed that conversation on Tuesday.


Taylor said he wasn't aware of how many citations the football coach had accumulated, but many of them occurred when Bohl was not working.

When Bohl was cited for speeding while driving for his job, he told Taylor about the offenses, Taylor said.

"We talked about that he needs to pay attention," Taylor said. "I think the good thing about Craig is that he's trying to do something very positive that the police have asked him to."

Bohl, who has 19 traffic offenses since 2003, is the voice of a radio ad Fargo police began airing Monday as part of a new traffic-safety campaign called "Are you getting it now?"

Taylor also talked Tuesday with NDSU general counsel Rick Johnson about liability issues with an employee's driving.

"When you're driving on university business, the expectation is that you follow the rules of the road and not speed," Johnson said.

If an employee gets into a crash on work time, NDSU could be held liable if negligence was involved, Johnson said.

"Just speeding doesn't necessarily mean someone's negligent," he said.

The liability doesn't change if the university owns the vehicle or if the employee is driving a personal vehicle, Johnson said.

NDSU coaches drive courtesy cars that are provided by area car dealerships, Taylor said.

Coaches are not reimbursed for their auto insurance or for fines for moving violations, he said.

Bohl's history of speeding violations will prompt NDSU to review one of its policies, Johnson said.

Employees are now required to disclose to their supervisor if they're convicted of a criminal offense, Johnson said.

He said officials will review if that policy should be extended to require reporting of traffic offenses because of the liability issues involved and public perception.

"You don't want people speeding when they're on the job," Johnson said.

Taylor said many of the offenses highlighted in Tuesday's Forum happened when Bohl was traveling to Nebraska to visit family or other personal time. Taylor did not know how many were on work time.

Johnson said he wasn't aware of Bohl's driving record.

"I'm glad that he finally gets it," Johnson said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590