On Friday, October 5, the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Benson County Sheriff's Office conducted a sobriety check point at the junction of US Highway 281 and ND Highway 19, north of Minnewaukan, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
Sixty vehicles passed through the checkpoint. One driver had been consuming alcohol and was evaluated further for possible impairment. There were four arrests of minors consuming alcohol.
The primary purpose of the sobriety checkpoint was to heighten awareness and to deter citizens from choosing to drink and drive. Impaired driving and impaired-driving related motor vehicle crashes continue to be a major threat to the safety and well-being of the motoring public throughout North Dakota.
Through Oct. 5 of this year, there have been 73 fatal crashes on North Dakota roads resulting in 80 fatalities. Twenty-one, or 28.8%, of these fatal crashes were alcohol-related.