Jan. 1 - Oct. 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 22, 2014
After 28 years of distinguished service, Captain Gary Orluck is retiring from the North Dakota Highway Patrol, effective October 31.
Orluck began his career with the NDHP in January 1986 by attending the academy. After graduation, he was stationed in New Salem and Bismarck. Orluck was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and was reassigned to Minot. He was promoted to captain in 2002 and became the district commander in Grand Forks. In 2005, Orluck moved back to Minot and served as the district commander. In 2007, Orluck was promoted to the administrative commander of the Highway Patrol’s northwest region.
Upon retirement, Orluck will be awarded the NDHP Meritorious Service Medal for serving with honor and merit.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 6, 2014
On Friday, troopers statewide were on the lookout for motorists who violated the ‘move over’ law. Through the saturation, troopers issued 33 citations to motorists for violating the law. The penalty is a $50 fine and two points on the violator’s driving record.
Failure to move over for authorized emergency vehicles can have deadly consequences. The Highway Patrol reminds the public to be vigilant around stopped emergency and highway maintenance vehicles with lights activated. Move over and slow down.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 1, 2014
North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers across the state are participating in a saturation effort on Friday to enforce the ‘move over’ law. Troopers will work in teams and all violations will be strictly enforced. Failure to comply will result in a $50 fine and two points on the violator’s driving record.
The ‘move over’ law states that if a vehicle approaches a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights 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. Motorists must move over for all authorized emergency vehicles in addition to wreckers and highway maintenance vehicles.
If motorists fail to move over, it can have devastating consequences to law enforcement personnel, emergency workers, highway maintenance crews, and motorists.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 28, 2014
In an effort to enhance traffic safety, the North Dakota Highway Patrol is gearing up for the holiday weekend with extra, high visibility patrols. Troopers will also be conducting alcohol saturations and sobriety checkpoints.
Troopers statewide will be working overtime hours to extend patrol hours. Sobriety checkpoints will be held in Burke, Cass, Ward and Williams counties. Alcohol saturation patrols will be held in Stark and Dunn counties. Troopers in Minot are providing public education and rollover simulator demonstrations.
The Highway Patrol reminds drivers to buckle up, obey posted speed limits and do not drink and drive. These three simple actions will greatly enhance traffic safety for all North Dakota citizens.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 25, 2014
A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper and retired sergeant were presented with awards from the North Dakota Peace Officers Association at a ceremony held in Grand Forks on August 14.
Trooper Rick Richard, stationed in Washburn, was presented with the North Dakota Peace Officer of the Year award, the highest honor the NDPOA gives each year. This award is given in recognition of outstanding service, professional dignity and unselfish personal contributions of the officer’s time and talent to the NDPOA and citizens of North Dakota.
Retired Sergeant Gary Bitz, who was stationed in Jamestown, was presented with the Lone Eagle award. It is given annually to both an active and a retired North Dakota peace officer who has contributed guidance, inspiration and support throughout their career as a law enforcement official in North Dakota.
The NDPOA is a non-profit volunteer organization whose goal is to promote and recognize high standards of ethics, integrity, honor, courtesy and professionalism to develop and maintain citizen confidence in the law enforcement community. For more information, visit www.ndpoa.org.