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DRIVERS URGED TO OBEY MOVE OVER LAW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 9, 2014

Bismarck, N.D. – Since February 2013, four North Dakota Highway Patrol vehicles, with activated lights, have been struck by other motorists while providing traffic control or on a traffic stop, resulting in several injuries to the troopers and motorists involved. The NDHP reminds drivers to obey the Move Over Law when encountering authorized emergency vehicles and maintenance vehicles.

“Drivers need to move over and slow down to create a safe environment,” said Col. Jim Prochniak. “This important law ensures safety for all emergency personnel working along our state’s roads and also the motorists who are traveling by.”

When vehicles approach an authorized emergency vehicle 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.

Failure to comply with the Move Over Law may result in a $50 fine and two points assessed to their driving record.

MEKINOCK MAN RECEIVES LIFESAVING AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 27, 2014

Grand Forks, N.D. – The North Dakota Highway Patrol presented a Mekinock, N.D., man with the North Dakota Peace Officers Association Lifesaving Award today for his heroic actions in assisting a motorist trapped inside a burning vehicle.

On September 22, 2013, David Jensen was parked alongside North Washington Street north of Grand Forks. Another vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck Jensen’s vehicle head-on. After impact, the other vehicle started on fire. Jensen walked back to the burning vehicle and saw the driver was not moving. He opened the driver’s door, unbuckled her and pulled her away from the burning vehicle. Shortly after, the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. An ambulance transported the woman to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks for non-life-threatening injuries.

The NDPOA Lifesaving Award is presented to civilians or law enforcement officers who attempted a lifesaving procedure.

TROOPER JON EIDE RECEIVES ASSIGNMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 24, 2014

Bismarck, N.D. – Col. Jim Prochniak, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, announces that Trooper Jon Eide completed the basic training for the Highway Patrol academy. Eide is stationed in Dickinson and currently participating in the field training program. Eide earned a bachelor’s degree from Minot State University.

TROOPERS RECEIVE ASSIGNMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 24, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. - Col. Jim Prochniak, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, announces that three troopers have completed basic training for the NDHP academy and will be stationed in the Highway Patrol’s northwest region.

Trooper Anthony Hoaby is stationed in New Town. Hoaby earned a bachelor’s degree from Rasmussen College. Trooper Jason Sanderson is stationed in Minot. Sanderson is a graduate of Lake Region State College. Trooper Ves Marinov is stationed in Parshall. Marinov earned a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University. All three troopers are currently participating in the field training program.

2013 YEAR-END REVIEW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 15, 2014

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. 

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Contact: Sergeant Tom Iverson, NDHP
North Dakota Highway Patrol
701-328-2455