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Troopers Step Up Lifesaving Efforts

For Immediate Release: November 4, 2010

The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) will join law enforcement agencies throughout the state as part of a life-saving enforcement effort.  From November 11 through November 20, 2010, troopers will join more than 60 other law enforcement agencies for a 'Click It or Ticket' mobilization.  Seat belt and child restraint laws will be strictly enforced.

Highway Patrol statistics indicate that since 2007, 249 motorists have died from injuries they received while being unrestrained at the time of their crash.  NDHP troopers have volunteered to work overtime hours during the upcoming enforcement period in an effort to maintain high visibility on the state’s highways.  Special emphasis will be placed on peak travel periods, including nighttime hours. 

North Dakota law requires that every front seat occupant must be properly restrained, regardless of their age.  A traffic stop can be made if the driver or any passenger appears to be under the age of 18 and is not properly restrained.  If the driver is 18 or over, they can be cited for not wearing a seat belt if they are stopped for another violation.  

Troopers will strictly enforce violations by issuing citations as part of the agency’s on-going effort to save lives.  “Even the most cautious drivers are involved in traffic crashes,” states NDHP Superintendent James Prochniak.  “Wearing your seat belt is the single most important thing you can do to prevent injuries should you be involved in a crash.”

Funding for this effort is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

For More Information

Contact: Sergeant Tom Iverson, NDHP
North Dakota Highway Patrol