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– Law enforcement agencies across the state participated in the national
enforcement campaign, Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over, from December 16, 2017 through January
31, 2018, to deter motorists from driving impaired.
A total of 732 citations were attributed to
the added enforcement patrols. Of the total citations, 101 were
alcohol-related, of which 91 were driving under the influence (DUI) arrests.
There were another 26 arrests or citations for other alcohol-related violations
such as minor in consumption or open container and 33 drug-related arrests.
Impaired driving is 100 percent preventable
and stopping it can prevent tragedies on North Dakota’s roads. Every driver and
vehicle occupant in North Dakota can help meet the state’s goal of zero motor
vehicle fatalities and serious injuries by taking personal responsibility when
travelling on the road. This means wearing a seat belt at all times,
transporting children in child passenger safety seats appropriate for the
child’s age and height, driving distraction free, driving sober (i.e. not under
the influence of alcohol and/or drugs) and obeying all posted speed limits.
Funding for additional traffic safety
enforcement is provided by federal grant money distributed through the NDDOT.
High-visibility enforcement for traffic safety is one element of a
collaborative effort to eliminate motor vehicle deaths in North Dakota.