The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP), Stutsman County Sheriff’s Department, and Jamestown Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, Dec. 29 in Stutsman County. During the checkpoint, 59 vehicles were screened, and no violations were found.
In conjunction to the sobriety checkpoint, NDHP conducted saturation patrols on Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 in Stutsman and Barnes Counties. Over the two-night period, there was 1 person charged with DUI.
The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols is to deter drinking and driving. This year in North Dakota, approximately 32.3 percent of fatal crashes have been alcohol-related. Through Dec. 30 of this year, 31 of the 103 fatalities on North Dakota roadways have occurred in alcohol-related crashes.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol reminds the public to plan ahead, always designate a sober driver, and drive distraction free as we all work together toward Vision Zero: zero fatalities on North Dakota roads.