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.


On July 28, 2018, the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) was awarded advanced accreditation with excellence by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®). The NDHP, accredited since 1989, also received a meritorious award for being accredited for more than 15 continuous years. The NDHP must comply with more than 350 professional public safety standards to maintain its accreditation status.

Under The Trooper's Hat: Bike Safety - Trooper Michael Hayen

Summer brings more outdoor activities for both adults and children.  One popular activity is biking.  There are bicyclists who travel cross-country through the rural areas of North Dakota, while others, including kids and adults, bike around the neighborhood.  It is important for motorists and bicyclists to know the rules of the road so everyone is safe.

Notice of Intent to Amend Administrative Rules

TAKE NOTICE that the North Dakota Highway Patrol will hold a public hearing to address proposed new and amended N.D. Admin Code Title 38, Article 6, Chapter 2, Sections 1 and 7, Chapter 3 Section 1. The hearing will be at 2:00 pm CST on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Law Enforcement Training Academy, Classroom 1, 1320 Schafer St., Bismarck, ND.

SE Region DUI Checkpoint and Alcohol Saturation Results

The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Dickey County Sheriff's Department conducted a DUI checkpoint in Dickey County on Friday, July 13. 

Bottineau County DUI Checkpoint and Alcohol Saturation Results

The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) conducted a DUI checkpoint and alcohol saturation patrol on Saturday, July 7, at Saw Mill Corner in Bottineau County.

Steele County Saturation, Checkpoint Results

The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) and the Steele County Sheriff's Office conducted a DUI checkpoint on Friday, June 29 in Steele County and an area alcohol saturation on June 29 and June 30. 

Under The Trooper's Hat: Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) - Trooper Michael Hayen

Now that summer is in full swing, many young people will be traveling around on off-highway vehicles (OHVs).  For the purposes of this article, OHVs will be considered dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or side-by-sides. I’m addressing frequent questions about requirements for youth to operate an OHV.