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The North Dakota Highway Patrol is joining six other states in a weekend crackdown on impaired driving on Interstate 94.
The I-94 Corridor Traffic Enforcement Project will begin Friday evening and end early Saturday morning. The traffic safety effort involves law enforcement from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Overall, 96 agencies will participate in the program.
During the past three years, a total of 2,805 traffic crashes have occurred on I-94 within North Dakota. Fourteen people died and 386 were injured during those crashes. While the number of impaired drivers is small when compared to all of the motorists who use North Dakota highways, the likelihood of an impaired driver causing a crash is great. “Nearly one-half of North Dakota’s fatal crashes are alcohol related,” states Highway Patrol Superintendent James Prochniak. “Our agency understands that one drunk driver on our roads is one too many.”
North Dakota crash statistics show that 172 people have died during alcohol-related traffic crashes that occurred between 2007 and 2009.