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– Law enforcement agencies across the state participated in the national
enforcement campaign, Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over, from December 14, 2018 through January
31, 2019, to deter motorists from driving impaired.
A total of 637 citations were attributed to
the added enforcement patrols. Of the total citations, 77 were alcohol-related,
of which 66 were driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. There were another
19 arrests or citations for other alcohol-related violations such as minor in
consumption or open container and 38 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.
High-visibility enforcement for traffic
safety is one element of a collaborative effort to eliminate motor vehicle
deaths in North Dakota.