Bismarck, N.D.- The
North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway
Patrol (NDHP) is reminding drivers to take personal responsibility when
travelling, as we enter the busy summer travel season that begins Memorial Day
weekend through Labor Day.
“As of May 22, there have been 33 motor vehicle fatalities
in North Dakota. This is a 50% increase in motor vehicle fatalities compared to
this time last year,” says Karin Mongeon, Safety Division Director with the NDDOT.
Of these fatalities to date, nearly 70% were not wearing
their seat belt. Wearing a seat belt keeps you safe inside your vehicle
and is your best defense against an impaired, distracted and/or speeding
driver. Almost 40% of these fatalities involved alcohol and 25% were
“The traveling public has the ability to prevent crash
fatalities and serious injuries from occurring by accepting personal
responsibility for driver and passenger safety to achieve North Dakota’s Vision
Zero goal,” says Sgt. Wade Kadrmas with the NDHP. “This includes always
wearing a seat belt, transporting children in child passenger safety seats
appropriate for the child’s age, height, and weight, driving distraction free,
driving sober and obeying all posted speed limits and all other traffic laws.”
Vision Zero is North
Dakota’s strategy to achieve zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries
on North Dakota roads.