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Drive Sober campaign includes help with rides


The statewide enforcement campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over begins Dec. 14 and runs through Jan. 31. Law enforcement across the state will have extra patrols to remove impaired drivers from the road.

To encourage drivers to find a sober ride, the North Dakota Department of Transportation, through a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association and the ride-hailing service Lyft, will offer $10 off vouchers on the first 1,000 Lyft rides beginning from Dec. 14-31 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Riders can use the code “VisionZeroND” once per ride, but there is no limit on the number of times the code can be used. The Lyft app is available in your app store.

“Make the choice to always drive sober, or make sure you have a sober ride,” said Scott Edinger, Jamestown police chief. “Use this Lyft $10 off voucher between December 14 and 31 and let’s make sure everyone gets home safely.”

In North Dakota in 2017, approximately 1 in 6 adult arrests were for driving under the influence.  The ride campaign is part of the Vision Zero strategy to eliminate motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.

The Emmons Food Pantry is partnering with the Great Plains Food Bank to bring fresh produce to Linton on Wednesday, December 19, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the lot across from the Linton Senior Center (203 South Broadway Street). The hunger-relief organizations will distribute fresh fruit and vegetables to all those in need free of charge.

There are no referrals necessary to attend the distribution and those in attendance are asked to bring go-greens bags or boxes to carry the food home with them.