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Extra drunk driving patrols planned for March

Extra patrols will on the road during March as part of the Drive Sober or get Pulled Over enforcement campaign, according to Justin Blinsky, lieutenant with the Jamestown Police Department.

Extra patrols will on the road during March as part of the Drive Sober or get Pulled Over enforcement campaign, according to Justin Blinsky, lieutenant with the Jamestown Police Department.

“It’s as easy as remaining sober,” he said, “designating a sober ride in advance or calling someone when you are impaired.”

Preliminary data from 2017 reports 50 motor vehicle fatalities and 470 injuries in North Dakota due to alcohol-related accidents. That translates to one fatal accident in the state about every seven days. About 20 percent of all adult arrests in North Dakota are for driving under the influence, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Law enforcement agencies across North Dakota will run extra patrols as part of the campaign which is funded by federal grants administered by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

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