BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) conducted a right-of- way saturation effort in the Northwestern Region near Williston yesterday. The enforcement effort involved NDHP aircraft surveillance of rural highway intersections. Information regarding violations observed by the pilots was transmitted via radio to NDHP troopers that were strategically located on the ground near the intersection. The three-hour detail was held to bring awareness to the dangers created when motorists fail to make responsible decisions at intersections.
A total of 13 citations were issued during this saturation effort. A majority of the citations were issued for right-of-way violations, including failing to stop at stop signs and failing to move over for an authorized emergency vehicle. One motorist was also cited for failing to wear their seat belt.
Right-of-way violations are one of the leading crash causation factors on North Dakota roadways and contributed to the deaths of 24 motorists during 2011.