In an effort to save lives, law enforcement agencies across the state worked overtime in September for North Dakota’s distracted driving enforcement campaign, U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
A total of 289 citations were attributed to the added patrols. Of the total citations, 158 were issued for distracted driving, 38 for other traffic citations (i.e. disobeying traffic signals, equipment violations), 36 citations for speeding, 14 citations for suspended/revoked license, 13 citations for being an uninsured motorist, five citations for not wearing a seat belt, five citations for child restraint violations and two drug-related arrests.
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.