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Increased DUI enforcement set

Additional law enforcement officers are expected to be on local highways beginning June 1.

Several North Dakota law enforcement agencies across the state will increase visibility in a continuing effort to end impaired driving. The Southeast Jamestown Regional DUI Task Force will provide additional law enforcement presence on rural, city and state roads throughout the region in June.

“During our last enforcement period held in March, we made 166 total citations and arrests in the southeast Jamestown region,” said Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser. “This high number of contacts shows that impaired driving is still a major issue in our area.”

The DUI Task Force made 13 driving under the influence arrests, 30 other alcohol-related arrests, 13 drug arrests, 63 speeding citations, 14 safety belt violations, two child restraint violations, six suspended driving arrests and 256 total enforcement contacts during the last enforcement period in March.

Impaired driving is defined as motorists who operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, legal or illegal drugs. LEC officials said that any use of alcohol or drugs can affect a motorist’s driving ability.

LEC officials said that any fatality due to impaired driving is too many, and officers encourage motorists to designate a driver if they plan to drink alcohol. Motorists should also observe warning labels on prescription medications, as many prescriptions can alter judgment and motor skills and result in impaired driving, LEC officials said.

The Southeast Jamestown Regional DUI Task Force includes the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Carrington, Jamestown, Valley City and Oakes police departments, Foster County, Griggs County, Stutsman County, McIntosh County, Barnes County and LaMoure County sheriff’s departments.