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HIGHWAY PATROL EARNS NINTH REACCREDITATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 5, 2015

The North Dakota Highway Patrol was awarded advanced accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The NDHP, accredited since 1989, complies with more than 350 professional public safety standards to maintain the accreditation status.

“Earning advanced accreditation is a reflection of our commitment to the Highway Patrol mission. Each employee is to be commended for working to keep North Dakota motorists safe,” said Colonel Mike Gerhart.

CALEA was established in 1979 through the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum. For more information regarding CALEA, visit www.calea.org.

L-R: CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley Jr., Captain Norman Ruud, Colonel Mike Gerhart, CALEA Commission Chairman Richard W. Myers

NEW FEDERAL REQUIREMENT FOR COVERED FARM VEHICLES WITH REGULAR ND LICENSE PLATES GOES INTO EFFECT AUGUST 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 29, 2015

Beginning August 1, 2015, a covered farm vehicle with a regular license plate will need to have a designation form inside the vehicle when transporting farm or ranch products. This federal exemption allows regularly plated North Dakota vehicles, not falling into the farm plate category, to move their own agriculture products and still qualify for relief from certain commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations.

This requirement does not affect current farm exemptions for vehicles which have farm plates.

For questions about the new regulation, please call the Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Division at 701-328-5128. The new designation form may be obtained from the NDDOT website at http://www.dot.nd.gov/forms/sfn60860.pdf or by calling the NDDOT Drivers License Division at 701-328-2601.

A covered farm vehicle is a commercial motor vehicle that:

  1. Is operated by a farm or ranch owner or operator; or an employee or family member of the farm or ranch owner or operator;
  2. Is being used to transport to or from a farm or ranch:
    1. Agricultural commodities
    2. Livestock
    3. Machinery or supplies;
  3. Displays a special license plate or other designation which helps enforcement personnel identify it as a covered farm vehicle; and
  4. Has a gross vehicle weight of:
    1. 26,001 pounds or less and is traveling anywhere in the United States; or
    2. is greater 26,001 pounds and traveling anywhere within the State in which it is registered; or
    3. When crossing state lines, is greater than 26,001 pounds and operated within 150 air miles of the farm or ranch.

A covered farm vehicle does not include a vehicle that is operated by a for-hire carrier or a vehicle transporting hazardous materials in a quantity that requires the vehicle to display placards. 

HIGH VISIBILITY TRAFFIC SATURATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 27, 2015

From July 27 through August 12, all available sworn North Dakota Highway Patrol personnel in southwest North Dakota will be on patrol to increase safety and visibility during the annual Sturgis rally in South Dakota.

Troopers will be working overtime hours during this time period in an attempt to reduce traffic fatalities. All traffic laws will be strictly enforced. Motorists are reminded to drive responsibly. The choice is yours.

HIGHWAY PATROL FOCUSING ON SAFETY RESTRAINTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 30, 2015

Tomorrow through July 31, troopers statewide are cooperating with North Dakota law enforcement agencies to participate in the national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign. Troopers will use high-visibility enforcement in areas where unbelted serious injury and fatal crashes occur the most.

This year, 49 percent of fatal crash victims were not wearing a seat belt. The purpose of Click It or Ticket is to enhance public safety by encouraging the use of safety restraints. Seat belts save lives. Buckle up and follow the rules of the road to increase the chance of arriving at your destination safely.

All safety restraint and child restraint laws will be strictly enforced.

ROADCHECK 2015 COMPLETED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 16, 2015

In an effort to increase commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety, North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers and civilian safety inspectors participated in a large, targeted CMV enforcement and education program. Roadcheck, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, was held June 2-4 and troopers statewide participated.

During this 72-hour time frame, 527 inspections were completed. Sixty-five vehicles and 20 drivers were placed out-of-service. Most of the vehicles placed out-of-service had brake, tire, or load securement violations.

 CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote CMV safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry, and policy makers.   

 

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