Statewide – In an effort to save lives, law enforcement agencies across the
state worked overtime in April for the nationwide distracted driving enforcement
campaign, U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
total of 322 citations were attributed to the added patrols. Of the total
citations, 174 were issued for distracted driving, 53 for
other traffic citations (i.e. disobeying traffic signals, equipment
violations), 39 citations
for speeding, 16 citations for
suspended/revoked license, seven citations for
being an uninsured motorist, seven drug-related
arrests and six citations
for not wearing a seat belt.
Every driver and vehicle occupant in North Dakota can help
meet the state’s Vision Zero goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious
injuries on North Dakota roads by taking personal responsibility when driving.
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 reach the zero goal.