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Impaired Driving

Alcohol and drug-related crashes are 100 percent preventable.

Alcohol or drug-impaired driving is one of the most dangerous actions you can take behind the wheel. According to the North Dakota Office of Attorney General, Crime in ND 2015 report, more than one in five adult arrests in North Dakota were for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) with one alcohol-related crash occurring every 11 hours. Choosing to drive while impaired is a selfish and careless crime at all ages. Always make the choice to drive sober and designate a sober driver to prevent crashes, reduce arrests, and help save lives.

In 2016, 43% of motor vehicle fatalities in North Dakota were alcohol-related.

North Dakota law enforcement is dedicated to eliminating impaired drivers on the road.

Alcohol-impaired driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the U.S. North Dakota law enforcement agencies use saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints as part of the driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement program to increase the perception of “risk of apprehension” and deter motorists from operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Saturation patrols consists of a large number of law enforcement patrolling a specific area for a set time to increase visibility of enforcement. Checkpoint sites are selected objectively based on high alcohol and drug-related incidences, and will be established and documented in advance of each checkpoint operation.

Impaired Driving Penalties

A person may not drive or be in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol of while having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more. Refusal to submit to a chemical test is a crime and will be treated like a DUI.

How to protect yourself against impaired driving:

  • Prevent tragedies by driving sober. Always drive sober and alert.
  • Never ride with a driver who has been drinking.
  • Plan for a designated driver or an alternative to driving if you plan to drink.
  • If you have been drinking, call a family member, friend, cab or ride service for a sober ride home.
  • Don’t let your family or friends drive impaired.
  • Wear your seat belt every trip, every time, It’s your best defense against impaired drivers.
  • When you see an impaired driver, always call 9-1-1 and 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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