N.D. – Over the past five years in North Dakota, more than 300 people have died
in an alcohol-related crash. These lives lost were 100 percent
preventable if a driver had made the decision to drive sober. In an effort to
save lives, law enforcement will be increasing patrols statewide to remove
impaired drivers from the road as part of the enforcement campaign, Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over (DSOGPO), from December 16 through January 31.
conjunction with the DSOGPO enforcement campaign, the North
Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will launch a new impaired driving campaign that tells the story of
a fatal crash that happened in Mandan.
crash occurred on October 29, 2011, when Taylor Berhow lost three of his
friends in a motor vehicle crash because of a drunk driver. That drunk driver
was Taylor. As a result of the crash, not only was Taylor responsible for the
deaths of his friends, but he was convicted of manslaughter. At the time of the
crash, Taylor was 23 years old and had a blood alcohol content level that was
more than three times the legal driving limit. Today, he speaks to groups
around the state, including high school students, about everything he’s facing
and the decisions that led him to this point, hoping to deter as many people as
possible from making the same bad choices he did. Read Taylor's story.
ok to drive impaired, no matter what the situation,” said Lincoln Police Chief
Joe Gibbs. “Our goal throughout the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
enforcement campaign is to ensure motorists are safe on the roadways and
prevent tragedies from occurring.”
Last year during the holiday season (mid-December – late January), two people were killed and 43 injured in alcohol-related crashes.
administers federal grant funding as part of an overall effort to prevent
deaths and injuries on North Dakota roads. Learn more about these and other
traffic safety initiatives at dot.nd.gov, ndcodefortheroad.org or join the conversation on the Code
for the Road Facebook or Twitter page.
invited to create memorials for those who have died in crashes in North Dakota