The North Dakota Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to travel with care today. High winds are expected across the state with gusts reaching 60 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest gusts appear to be in central and southeast North Dakota.
During inclement weather, high profile vehicles, long-load type vehicles, and permitted overdimensional 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.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol was awarded advanced accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The NDHP, accredited since 1989, complies with more than 350 professional public safety standards to maintain the accreditation status.
“Earning advanced accreditation is a reflection of our commitment to the Highway Patrol mission. Each employee is to be commended for working to keep North Dakota motorists safe,” said Colonel Mike Gerhart.
CALEA was established in 1979 through the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum. For more information regarding CALEA, visit www.calea.org.
L-R: CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley Jr., Captain Norman Ruud, Colonel Mike Gerhart, CALEA Commission Chairman Richard W. Myers
Beginning August 1, 2015, a covered farm vehicle with a regular license plate will need to have a designation form inside the vehicle when transporting farm or ranch products. This federal exemption allows regularly plated North Dakota vehicles, not falling into the farm plate category, to move their own agriculture products and still qualify for relief from certain commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations.
This requirement does not affect current farm exemptions for vehicles which have farm plates.
For questions about the new regulation, please call the Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Division at 701-328-5128. The new designation form may be obtained from the NDDOT website at http://www.dot.nd.gov/forms/sfn60860.pdf or by calling the NDDOT Drivers License Division at 701-328-2601.
A covered farm vehicle is a commercial motor vehicle that:
A covered farm vehicle does not include a vehicle that is operated by a for-hire carrier or a vehicle transporting hazardous materials in a quantity that requires the vehicle to display placards.
From July 27 through August 12, all available sworn North Dakota Highway Patrol personnel in southwest North Dakota will be on patrol to increase safety and visibility during the annual Sturgis rally in South Dakota.
Troopers will be working overtime hours during this time period in an attempt to reduce traffic fatalities. All traffic laws will be strictly enforced. Motorists are reminded to drive responsibly. The choice is yours.
Tomorrow through July 31, troopers statewide are cooperating with North Dakota law enforcement agencies to participate in the national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign. Troopers will use high-visibility enforcement in areas where unbelted serious injury and fatal crashes occur the most.
This year, 49 percent of fatal crash victims were not wearing a seat belt. The purpose of Click It or Ticket is to enhance public safety by encouraging the use of safety restraints. Seat belts save lives. Buckle up and follow the rules of the road to increase the chance of arriving at your destination safely.
All safety restraint and child restraint laws will be strictly enforced.