Regional task force to crack down with increased DUI enforcement

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Local North Dakota agencies are once again ramping up efforts as they look to curb the continued problem of individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.

The Northeast Devils Lake Regional DUI Task Force in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Transportation is announcing that additional law enforcement officers will be present and monitoring city, rural and state roads throughout North Dakota from August 16, 2013 through September 2, 2013.

“Governor Jack Dalrymple recently signed House Bill 1302 into law giving North Dakota stricter DUI penalties,” said Kyle Ternes, Captain North Dakota Highway Patrol. “This bill doubles the fines for drinking and driving offenses and in many cases doubles the jail time as well, but it's those who have had multiple offenses that are hit the hardest, including additional jail time and/or possible felony charges.”

Statistical data has shown that there is still work to be done when it comes to eliminating the problem of people who choose to drink and drive in North Dakota. However with increased enforcement comes the opportunity at increased safety on roadways. Regional efforts done across the state will help to eliminate drunk driving.

“We want everyone to understand that buzzed driving is drunk driving,” said Keith Schroeder, Chief Devils Lake Police. “Often we see individuals who, because they are not obviously drunk, feel that they can still get behind the wheel and effectively drive.

“Bottom line – If you plan on having anything to drink, also plan on not driving.”