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AMBER ALERT AWARENESS DAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2016

Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed today AMBER Alert Awareness Day in North Dakota. This day honors Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old Texas girl, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle and brutally murdered on this day in 1996. Broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children, eventually creating the AMBER Alert system.

“North Dakota is committed to protecting its young people and keeping its communities safe, and the statewide AMBER alert system is an important part of those efforts,” said Dalrymple. North Dakota implemented the system in February 2003. Seven AMBER Alerts involving eight children have been issued in North Dakota, with seven of the children successfully recovered.

Most children are murdered within hours of being abducted, so their chances of being returned to safety diminish rapidly. AMBER Alert quickly notifies the public of an abducted child 17 years of age or younger when the abductor is believed to be a stranger, or in a family abduction when the child may be in danger of serious harm or death. Descriptive information about the child, abductor, and vehicle is obtained by law enforcement and broadcast through an AMBER Alert to assist in the safe recovery of the victim and apprehension of the suspect.

AMBER Alerts are broadcast on television, radio, wireless devices, and Department of Transportation message boards. Information can be received by dialing 511 from any phone. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children developed a secondary distribution network to disseminate AMBER Alerts.

Nationally, the program has helped save the lives of 794 children. For more information, please visit http://www.nd.gov/amber.

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND ENFORCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 2, 2015

Last Wednesday, all available troopers were on patrol statewide to increase safety on one of the year’s busiest travel days. Troopers issued 36 seat belt citations and arrested three drivers for DUI. Enhanced enforcement continued through Sunday, resulting in an additional 118 seat belt citations and 23 DUI arrests.

There were no fatal crashes over the Thanksgiving weekend. We ask for continued cooperation with motorists in buckling up and making responsible driving decisions.

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND ENFORCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 2, 2015

Last Wednesday, all available troopers were on patrol statewide to increase safety on one of the year’s busiest travel days. Troopers issued 36 seat belt citations and arrested three drivers for DUI. Enhanced enforcement continued through Sunday, resulting in an additional 118 seat belt citations and 23 DUI arrests.

There were no fatal crashes over the Thanksgiving weekend. We ask for continued cooperation with motorists in buckling up and making responsible driving decisions.

TROOPERS INCREASING ENFORCEMENT FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVEL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 23, 2015

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. To enhance safety, all available North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will be on patrol Wednesday to strictly enforce all traffic laws.

Buckle up, drive for the conditions, and never drink and drive. If you see an impaired driver, call 911. Avoid distracted driving such as talking on a cell phone, texting, or any activity that takes attention away from the road. Allow more time to travel during winter months.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT STATEWIDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 19, 2015

All permitted over-dimensional vehicles have restricted travel statewide in North Dakota because of weather conditions. Until further notice, these vehicles are not permitted to travel.

For all other high-profile and long-load type vehicles, weather may affect travel. Take notice of changing conditions.

North Dakota law restricts travel for these vehicle types when inclement weather causes the vehicle or attachment to swerve, whip, sway, or fail to follow in the path of the towing vehicle.

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