Mandan News

Drinking and driving deterred

In a continuing effort to end the problem of impaired driving, the Southwest Bismarck Regional DUI Task Force conducted a month long high visibility enforcement event throughout March.

During this recent unified saturated patrol effort, the results from the Southwest Bismarck Regional DUI Task Force are:
· Six driving under the influence arrests
· Seven other alcohol related arrests
· 12 drug arrests
· 24 speed citations
· Four safety belt violations
· One felony violation
· 11 suspended driving arrests
· 87 total citations/arrests
· 154 total enforcement contacts

In the Southwest Bismarck Region, 10 law enforcement agencies participated in the second quarter of this program that was conducted from March 1-31. By working together to create high visibility enforcement, early results show a positive impact on deterring motorists from drinking and driving. These statistics emphasize the importance of enforcement and saturation patrols in protecting motorists on North Dakota’s roadways.

The Southwest Bismarck Regional DUI Task Force includes both Morton County Sheriff’s Department and the Mandan Police Demaprtment.

The DUI Task Force began on October 1, 2010, in order to take significant steps towards reducing alcohol-related crashes and fatalities across the state. Nearly eighty percent of all law enforcement agencies currently participate in the DUI Task Force across North Dakota. Funding for this enhanced enforcement is provided through the North Dakota Department of Transportation.