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Impaired Driving

Alcohol-impaired driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the U.S. NDDOT’s impaired driving program provides technical assistance and resources for prevention, enforcement and education at the state and community level.

WiseUp_Info1In 2015, alcohol was involved in nearly 44 percent of North Dakota’s motor vehicle fatalities.
WiseUp_Info2In 2015, one alcohol-related crash occurred every 10.4 hours in North Dakota.

WiseUp_Info3Approximately 41 percent of drivers who were involved in a crash and tested for alcohol, registered with a BAC of .08 or higher, in 2015 in North Dakota.
WiseUp_Info3In 2015, the highest number of alcohol-related crashes (87) occurred in May with a rate of 2.81 per day in North Dakota.
WiseUp_Info3Nearly 50 percent of all alcohol-related crashes occurred in pickups, vans and sport utility vehicles in 2015 in North Dakota.

What can you do?

  • Make it your Code for the Road to drive sober and alert.
  • Talk to young drivers. At all levels of blood alcohol concentration, the risk of being in a crash is greater for young people than for older people.
  • Advocate for strict enforcement, prosecution and sentencing for DUI offenders.
  • Always plan for a designated driver or an alternative to driving if you plan to drink.
  • Show you care; don’t let your friends or family drive after drinking.
  • Teach your children never to ride with a driver who has been drinking—including yourself.
  • When you see an impaired driver, call 9-1-1 to report it.

Always buckle up—it’s your best protection against impaired drivers.

“Empty Spaces” tells the story of two young men whose lives ended in a crash caused by an impaired driver and how the event marked two communities and everyone involved. It’s a tragedy most of us never think we’ll experience, but it only takes one bad decision to break the Code for the Road and put you or a loved one in the back of an ambulance—or a police car. Please watch this story, and think about the choices we all make before getting behind the wheel.


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