Mandan News

Task force to crack down with increased enforcement

Local North Dakota agencies are once again ramping up efforts as they look to curb the continued problem of individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.

The Southwest Bismarck Regional DUI Task Force in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Transportation announced that additional law enforcement officers will be present and monitoring city, rural and state roads throughout North Dakota from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2. This effort coincides with the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

“Governor Jack Dalrymple recently signed House Bill 1302 into law giving North Dakota stricter DUI penalties,” said Kyle Kirchmeier, captain of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. “This bill doubles the fines for drinking and driving offenses and in many cases doubles the jail time as well, but it’s those who have had multiple offenses that are hit the hardest, including additional jail time and-or possible felony charges.”

The task force includes the following agencies: North Dakota Highway Patrol, Morton, Mercer, Sheridan, Burleigh and Grant County Sheriff’s Departments, and Mandan, Beulah, Bismarck and Lincoln Police Departments.