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Statewide – Law enforcement agencies across the state participated in the Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign from July 1, 2017 through August 15, 2017 to help save lives on North Dakota roads.
A total of 4,308 citations were attributed to the added enforcement patrols. Of the total citations, 1521 were citations for failure to wear a seat belt and 58 were child restraint citations. Tickets for speeding totaled 1788. The traffic stops also resulted in 42 drug arrests, ten driving under the influence (DUI) citations, 11 citations for distracted driving and four felony violations.
Failure to use a seat belt is the most significant factor associated with motor vehicle crash injuries and deaths in North Dakota. Over the past five years (2012-2016), about 6 out of every 10 people killed in a motor vehicle crash were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Last year in North Dakota, every four days one unbelted vehicle occupant died.
Funding for additional traffic safety enforcement is provided by federal grant money distributed through the North Dakota Department of Transportation. High-visibility enforcement for traffic safety is one element of a collaborative effort to eliminate motor vehicle deaths in North Dakota.
Learn more about traffic safety initiatives at ndcodefortheroad.org or join the conversation on the Code for the Road Facebook or Twitter page. Memorials to North Dakota crash fatalities can be viewed at ndcodefortheroad.org/memorial.