Starting Friday, law enforcement officials in North Dakota will be running a stepped up enforcement campaign to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road.
Ashley Doan is a spokesperson for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. She says the enforcement for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over begins Friday and runs through September 3rd. She says law enforcement is really hoping to drive home the idea that alcohol related crashes and deaths are 100 percent avoidable and preventable.
"Over the past five years, from 2013 to 2017, nearly 300 people have died in an alcohol-related crash. These are all completely one hundred percent preventable crashes. We really want people to take personal responsibility when they get behind the wheel, and make the choice to always drive sober or plan ahead, and have a sober ride."
Preliminary data from last year shows that 55 motor vehicle fatalities and 472 injuries in North Dakota were attributed to alcohol. Doan says the driving public will probably notice more law enforcement presence on the roadways. The enforcement is part of North Dakota's Vision Zero strategy to eliminate alcohol related crashes and deaths.