2013 - 1937
2014 - 219
BISMARCK, N.D. - With increasing activity on roadways statewide, the North Dakota Highway Patrol will continue its commitment to enhancing traffic safety.
Troopers made 1,936 DUI arrests and 913 drug-related arrests last year. The NDHP maintained focus on other common crash causes, including excessive speed and right-of-way violations. Lack of seat belt use contributed to preventable injuries and deaths. Troopers issued 8,787 seat belt citations throughout the year. In 2013, troopers worked more than 14,000 overtime hours, including a special enforcement effort on Nov. 27 when all available troopers were on patrol.
Focused on education efforts, troopers gave 386 safety presentations around the state. “The men and women of our agency work hard to influence and educate motorists to drive safely,” said Col. Jim Prochniak. “Lives can be saved by driving defensively, sober and with seat belts fastened.”
Motor carrier safety has continued to be a large focus of the past year. More than 159,000 commercial motor vehicle permits were issued in 2013. Motor carrier troopers and inspectors participated in enforcement, inspection, and educational efforts with the goal of reducing factors that contribute to truck crashes. Efforts included speed, right-of-way, seat belt and vehicle size and weight enforcement blitzes. Patrol techniques varied from NDHP aircraft surveillance of right-of-way violations to truck enforcement and inspection blitzes. More than 13,500 driver-vehicle examinations were administered to identify truck drivers and vehicles that posed safety risks. Committed to protecting infrastructure, troopers assessed approximately $1.8 million in overload violation fees.
Preliminary numbers show 148 people died on roadways throughout the state in 135 fatal crashes compared to 170 victims and 147 fatal crashes in 2012. Forty-six percent of the victims died in alcohol-related crashes and 59 percent were not wearing seat belts.
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.
Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed today, Monday, Jan. 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. “This system is a valuable tool in quickly alerting law enforcement and the public in the event of a child abduction, increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.”
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. Five AMBER Alerts involving six children have been issued in North Dakota. Five of the six 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 679 children.
Bismarck, N.D. – On Wednesday, all available North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will be on patrol statewide. The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year and the NDHP is ramping up enforcement efforts.
Troopers are working hard ensuring the safety of the motoring public. This year there have been 124 fatal crashes on ND roadways. The NDHP is asking motorists to make responsible choices when driving. 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.
“Driving responsibly is the most important factor in arriving at your destination safely,” said Col. Prochniak. “I urge motorists to remember that driving is a full-time responsibility.”
During this special enforcement effort, all driving laws will be strictly enforced. The NDHP is maximizing its efforts to increase visibility throughout the holiday season.
Bismarck, N.D. – With deer season quickly approaching, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reminds the public that motorists who strike a deer or other undomesticated animal do not need to report the crash to law enforcement if the crash results in property damage only, regardless of the amount of damage to the vehicle. The driver may proceed to their home if the vehicle is able to be driven.
All crashes involving an injury need to be reported. Law enforcement will respond to the scene when requested to provide assistance or when the vehicle has been disabled.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 11, 2013
Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to travel with care today. High winds are expected across the state with gusts reaching 50 miles per hour. During inclement weather, high profile vehicles, long load type vehicles, and permitted over dimensional vehicles need to be aware of 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.
For more information, visit nd.gov/ndhp or contact the NDHP motor carrier division at 701-328-5128.