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North Dakota Amber Alert Test Scheduled for May 23 

The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services will conduct the annual test of the AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert system from 2-4 p.m. central time on Thursday, May 23. All AMBER Alert components will be tested except for the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) which is sent to mobile devices. Advanced notification is provided to avoid misinterpretation of this test as an actual AMBER Alert. 


Mehlhoff Named 2018 Trooper of the Year

Trooper Brian Mehlhoff was named the 2018 Trooper of the Year at the North Dakota Motor Carrier Association’s (NDMCA) banquet held Thursday, May 16, in Bismarck. Mehlhoff serves the SW region as a Traffic Enforcement Trooper and is stationed in Bismarck. He has been a trooper since 2007 and serves on the Crash Reconstruction Team.


Under the Trooper's Hat: ANHYDROUS AMMONIA

Anhydrous ammonia is one of the most commonly-used nitrogen fertilizer sources in North Dakota. It plays a vital role in the production of high-quality food and feed. Anhydrous ammonia is classified as a hazardous material, although few problems occur when it’s properly handled, transported, and applied.


Under the Trooper's Hat: Reader's Questions

I have received a couple of questions from readers and I will address them for this month’s article.

If you're passing someone on a two-lane highway, are you allowed to exceed the speed limit until you're able to return to the right lane?

 

Can anything be done about farmers going down the highway with those HUGE headers attached to their combines? (or does someone have to be injured first?)  What are the rules for traveling after dark with farm equipment?


Under the Trooper's Hat: Driver's Licenses and the Point System- Trooper Michael Hayen

The “point” system implemented by the State of North Dakota allows for drivers to accumulate points on their driving record before any administrative sanctions.  Driving violations carry a monetary fine and may also have a set number of points which are added to a driver’s record. 


Under the Trooper's Hat: Juvenile Drivers and Driver's License Points - Trooper Michael Hayen

North Dakota has special provisions for young drivers regarding driver’s license points.  If an adult driver has twelve (12) or more points assessed against their record, the result is a driver’s license suspension of seven (7) days for each point over eleven (11).  For a driver under the age of 18, the point limit decreases to five (5).  Any points above five carries significant driver’s license consequences for the minor.

 


ND Highway Patrol Vehicle Struck in Fargo

  At 10:16 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, a North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP)Trooper was completing a crash investigation in the westbound lane of I94 near mile marker 352, between the Red River Bridge and University Drive in Fargo. The NDHP Trooper’s vehicle was parked on the westbound shoulder when a 2018 Honda Civic, driven by Tazitabong Nkengateh, 40, Fargo, lost control while traveling west and side-swiped the patrol vehicle. Nkengateh and the trooper were uninjured in the crash. Moments later, another crash occurred between two vehicles at the same location.  In addition, another three vehicles spun out in the same location, nearly striking the trooper and other motorists.


Under the Trooper's Hat: Entrapment - Trooper Michael Hayen

Nearly every state trooper, at some point in their career, will be accused of entrapment by a person stopped for a traffic violation. Often the person alleging entrapment does not have a clear legal understanding of entrapment.  To many, it is a legal buzzword taken from a television drama used as an attempt to get out of a ticket or even to intimidate a law enforcement officer.


Under the Trooper's Hat: DVR Stickers and Crashes - Trooper Michael Hayen

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle crash, which has resulted in at least $1,000 in property damage, you have probably received a Damage Vehicle Release (DVR) sticker from the law enforcement officer who investigated the crash.  Every motor vehicle crash in North Dakota which results in property damage of $1,000 or more, injury, or death MUST be immediately reported to law enforcement


Benson County Sobriety Checkpoint Planned

The North Dakota Highway Patrol and Benson County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at a predetermined location in Benson County on Friday, Oct. 5.