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DUI patrols added for crash prevention

The Billings County Pioneer of Medora, North Dakota

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DICKINSON — Fifty law enforcement agencies across the state are adding extra patrols for a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over traffic safety enforcement this month, the N.D. Department of Transportation announced on Oct. 15.

Last year in North Dakota, the month of October ranked the highest for alcohol-related crashes with a total of 100-a rate of 3.23 per day.

"Our goal is to prevent crashes this October by getting drivers under the influence off the roads before we have to respond to the scene of another senseless tragedy," Stark County Sheriff Terry Oestreich said in a prepared statement. The North Dakota Highway Patrol, Stark County Sheriff's Department, Adams County Sheriff's Department, the

Dickinson Police Department and the Killdeer Police Department are participating in the increased enforcement for October.

"Our patrols will do their part, but we also need the public to help make sure their friends and family are sober drivers," added Oestreich.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation grants funds for extra DUI enforcement as part of an overall effort to reduce deaths and injuries on North Dakota roads.

"A crash where alcohol and/or drugs is involved is not the result of a random chance-it's the result of a driver's choice to get behind the wheel while impaired and put lives in jeopardy, including their own," said Karin Mongeon NDDOT Safety Division director "Impaired driving crashes are 100 percent preventable."

Learn more about traffic safety initiatives at, or join the conversation on the Code for the Road Facebook or Twitter page.

Families are invited to create memorials for those who have died in crashes in North Dakota

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Original Publication Date: October 22, 2015

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