Law enforcement agencies across the state joined efforts for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign from August 16 to September 2 to deter motorists from driving impaired.
A total of 573 citations were attributed to the added enforcement patrols. Of the total citations, 92 were alcohol-related, of which 55 were driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. There were 37 arrests or citations for other alcohol-related violations such as minor in consumption or open container and 23 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.