121 alcohol or drug related arrests made in latest ND drive sober campaign

Photo by: North Dakota Department of Transportation
Photo by: North Dakota Department of Transportation

(Bismarck, ND) -- Law enforcement agencies across the state participated in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign from December 17th, 2021 to January 31st, 2022 to deter motorists from driving impaired. 

Of the 121 alcohol or drug-related citations issued, there were 70 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. Alcohol-related charges also include 19 arrests or citations for minor in consumption, minor in possession and open container. This enforcement period also resulted in 20 drug-related arrests.

"Approximately one in seven adult arrests in North Dakota in 2020 were for DUI," said North Dakota Department of Transportation Safety Public Information Program Manager Lauren Bjork. "Alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle crashes, fatalities and arrests are 100% preventable. Every driver and vehicle occupant can help meet the state’s goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries by taking personal responsibility when traveling. This means wearing a seat belt at all times, 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."

High-visibility enforcement for traffic safety is one element of a collaborative effort to eliminate vehicle deaths in North Dakota.

To learn more about ND Vision Zero and it's campaigns on safe, sober driving, click here.