West Fargo Police Department awarded AAA North Dakota Traffic Safety Grant

Photo by: West Fargo Police Department
Photo by: West Fargo Police Department

(West Fargo, ND) -- The West Fargo Police Department was awarded a AAA North Dakota traffic safety grant to assist in purchasing roadside flares.

The competitive grant process gives priority to requests addressing roadside responder safety.

“The West Fargo Police Department is grateful for the support from AAA North Dakota in keeping our officers safe,” said Assistant Chief Pete Nielsen. “Law enforcement officers are put in dangerous situations daily when responding to calls for service, often just feet away from oncoming traffic.”

The addition of road flares helps increase visibility for officers working on the roadside when responding to calls for service, such as vehicle crashes. North Dakota’s Move Over law requires drivers approaching an emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights to vacate the lane closest if safe and possible to do so, or slow to a speed safe for road, weather, and traffic conditions.

If cited for violating this law, motorists can receive a $50 fine in addition to two points assessed to their driver's license.