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NORTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL SEEKING INFORMATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 3, 2014

On October 28 at 6:35 p.m., a group of vehicles were driving in the westbound lanes of I-94 near mile marker 168, a half mile west of the Apple Creek rest area. These vehicles came upon rocks that were scattered on the roadway, ranging in size from small up to the size of a basketball. Four passenger vehicles and a truck tractor were damaged from striking the rocks.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is seeking information on the owner and/or transporter of the rock material that was on the roadway. An owner of an involved vehicle is offering a $500 reward for information.

Contact the Highway Patrol at 701-328-5590 or State Radio at 701-328-9921.

NEW REGIONAL COMMANDER IN WILLISTON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 29, 2014

Colonel Michael Gerhart Jr. has announced the promotion and reassignment of Sergeant Jamie Huschka. Huschka will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned to serve as the regional commander of the Highway Patrol’s northwest region in Williston effective November 1.

Huschka began his career with the NDHP in 2004 when he attended the training academy. After graduation, he served as a traffic enforcement trooper in Williston. In 2010, Huschka was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Huschka earned an associate of arts degree from Williston State College.

RETIREMENT OF CAPTAIN GARY ORLUCK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 22, 2014

After 28 years of distinguished service, Captain Gary Orluck is retiring from the North Dakota Highway Patrol, effective October 31.

Orluck began his career with the NDHP in January 1986 by attending the academy. After graduation, he was stationed in New Salem and Bismarck. Orluck was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and was reassigned to Minot. He was promoted to captain in 2002 and became the district commander in Grand Forks. In 2005, Orluck moved back to Minot and served as the district commander. In 2007, Orluck was promoted to the administrative commander of the Highway Patrol’s northwest region.

Upon retirement, Orluck will be awarded the NDHP Meritorious Service Medal for serving with honor and merit.

'MOVE OVER' SATURATION RESULTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 6, 2014

On Friday, troopers statewide were on the lookout for motorists who violated the ‘move over’ law. Through the saturation, troopers issued 33 citations to motorists for violating the law. The penalty is a $50 fine and two points on the violator’s driving record.

Failure to move over for authorized emergency vehicles can have deadly consequences. The Highway Patrol reminds the public to be vigilant around stopped emergency and highway maintenance vehicles with lights activated. Move over and slow down.

HIGHWAY PATROL TO ENFORCE 'MOVE OVER' LAW IN SATURATION EFFORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 1, 2014

North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers across the state are participating in a saturation effort on Friday to enforce the ‘move over’ law. Troopers will work in teams and all violations will be strictly enforced. Failure to comply will result in a $50 fine and two points on the violator’s driving record.

The ‘move over’ law states that if a vehicle approaches a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights on a multi-lane highway outside city limits, drivers must move to a lane not adjacent to the emergency vehicle with regard to safety and other traffic. If the driver cannot move to another lane, they must proceed with caution, reduce speed, and maintain a safe speed for road conditions. Motorists must move over for all authorized emergency vehicles in addition to wreckers and highway maintenance vehicles. 

If motorists fail to move over, it can have devastating consequences to law enforcement personnel, emergency workers, highway maintenance crews, and motorists.

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