Jan. 1-5, 2015
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.
Troopers arrested three drivers for DUI and issued 504 citations during a one-day special enforcement effort last week. Most of the citations were speeding violations, followed by seat belt violations.
Last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, troopers statewide were on high visibility patrol in an effort to keep motorists safe. All traffic laws were strictly enforced.
Troopers are increasing enforcement through the end of the year. Buckle up, drive for the conditions, and never drink and drive.