June DUI enforcement
Beginning June 1, expect to see additional law enforcement officers on local roadways. Several North Dakota law enforcement agencies across the state will be increasing visibility in a continuing effort to end impaired driving. The Southwest Bismarck Regional DUI Task Force will provide additional law enforcement presence on rural, city and state roads throughout the region for the entire month of June.
“During our last enforcement period held in March, we made 87 total citations and arrests in the Southwest Bismarck region,” said Major Les Witkowski, Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department. “This high number of incidents shows that impaired driving is still a major issue in our area.”
Impaired driving is defined as motorists who operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, legal or illegal drugs. Law enforcement officials stress that any use of alcohol or drugs can affect a motorist’s driving ability. Often motorists don’t acknowledge their impaired state until they are far beyond the point of safely operating a motor vehicle.
Law enforcement officials believe that any fatality due to impaired driving is too many and officers encourage motorists to designate a driver if they plan to drink alcohol. They also suggest closely observing warning labels on prescription medications, as many prescriptions can alter judgment and motor skills, and result in dangerous impaired driving.
The success of past enforcement campaigns encourages the Southwest Bismarck Regional DUI Task Force to continue their work to keep North Dakota drivers safe. 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.
Summary of Southwest Bismarck Regional DUI Task Force enforcement results:
Last enforcement period occurred from March 1-31, 2013:
• 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/
• 154 total enforcement contacts
The Southwest Bismarck Regional DUI Task Force includes the following agencies:
• North Dakota Highway Patrol
• Mercer County Sheriff’s Department
• Sheridan County Sheriff’s Department
• Morton County Sheriff’s Department
• Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department
• Grant County Sheriff’s Department
• Beulah Police Department
• Mandan Police Department
• Bismarck Police Department
• Lincoln Police Department