Jan. 1-27, 2015
Last year proved to be another busy year on North Dakota roadways. Troopers made 1,677 DUI arrests and 1,049 drug-related arrests. Lack of seat belt use continued to contribute to injuries and deaths. Fifty-five percent of fatal crash victims were unrestrained. Preliminary numbers show 136 people died on roadways throughout the state in 122 fatal crashes compared to 148 victims and 133 fatal crashes in 2013.
Troopers issued 9,320 seat belt citations throughout the year. More than 15,000 overtime hours were worked to enhance traffic safety. Focused on education efforts, troopers gave 341 safety presentations around the state.
More than 262,000 commercial motor vehicle permits were issued in 2014. Motor carrier troopers and inspectors participated in speed, right-of-way, seat belt and vehicle size and weight enforcement blitzes to enhance commercial motor vehicle safety. More than 12,500 driver-vehicle examinations were administered to identify truck drivers and vehicles that posed safety risks. Committed to protecting infrastructure, troopers assessed approximately $1.25 million in overload violation fees.
In fiscal year 2014, New Entrant Program coordinators completed 263 safety audits with 27 failing. This program assesses companies that apply for USDOT numbers, with the goal of enhancing the transportation industry’s safety.
Motorists are encouraged to make safe, responsible driving decisions. Wearing seat belts, slowing down, choosing designated drivers, and overtaking with caution are common sense measures that will help keep North Dakota roads safe.
On Saturday, a North Dakota Highway Patrol pilot was on patrol over U.S. Highway 85 between Watford City and Williston to observe traffic for approximately two hours. The pilot radioed violations to troopers on the ground.
Violations observed included:
Through March 13, troopers are working overtime on U.S. 85 to crack down on crash-causing driving behaviors. All violations will be strictly enforced. Through enforcement and public education, the NDHP seeks to increase the safety of motorists traveling on this busy highway.
Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed Tuesday, January 13 AMBER ALERT AWARENESS DAY in North Dakota. AMBER Alert programs have been implemented in all 50 states. North Dakota implemented the state’s plan in February 2003.
“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.
The AMBER Alert provides public notification of an abducted child 17 years of age or younger, and that the abduction is believed to have been committed by a stranger or family abduction in which the child is believed to be in grave danger of serious bodily harm or death. Descriptive information about the child, abductor, and vehicle description is obtained by law enforcement and broadcast through the AMBER Alert. This information is used to assist in the safe recovery of the victim and apprehension of the suspect. Six AMBER Alerts involving seven children have been issued in North Dakota. Six of the seven children were successfully recovered.
AMBER Alert information is broadcast via television, radio, wireless devices, and Department of Transportation message boards. Citizens can also receive the information by dialing 511 from any phone. Wireless users can receive a text message of AMBER Alerts activated in the subscriber’s area by simply signing up for the free service at www.wirelessamberalerts.org. The North Dakota AMBER Alert website, www.nd.gov/amber, is another way citizens can obtain information on AMBER Alerts and valuable links to other AMBER Alert related stories.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has developed a secondary distribution network to disseminate AMBER Alerts after receiving notification of state or regional AMBER Alert activations. The secondary distribution network includes several Internet service providers, the wireless industry, and many others. Nationally, AMBER Alert programs have helped save the lives of over 723 children.
Through March 13, troopers are working overtime on U.S. Highway 85 between Watford City and Williston. Highway 85 continues to experience high volumes of traffic, and motor vehicle incidents. Troopers will strictly enforce crash-causing driving behaviors such as right-of-way violations, speeding, seat belt violations, and DUIs.
The NDHP is partnering with the North Dakota Department of Transportation to use the message boards along Highway 85 to inform drivers of the increased law enforcement presence. Through enforcement and public education, the departments are working together to increase public safety.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol has restricted the movements of oversize and high-profile loads in areas affected by North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) travel alerts. High winds and blowing snow are reducing visibility throughout much of North Dakota. During inclement weather, operators of high profile vehicles, long-load type vehicles, and permitted over dimensional vehicles need to be aware of and abide with restriction movement laws.
North Dakota law restricts movement for these vehicles when wind or other conditions may cause the vehicle or attachment to swerve, whip, sway, or fail to follow in the path of the towing vehicle. Federal regulations require that the operation of commercial motor vehicles be discontinued when weather conditions become dangerous, and that they are not be resumed until the commercial motor vehicle can be safely operated.
For more information on the movement of oversize loads, visit nd.gov/ndhp or call 701-328-2621. All motorists are encouraged to monitor road conditions as weather conditions occur and use caution while traveling. For road information, call 511 or visit the NDDOT travel information map at www.dot.nd.gov.