DUI Task Force Announced for Hwy 85 and Hwy 23 in McKenzie County
For Immediate Release: Mar 09 2020
Watford City, N.D. - The Watford City Police Department, McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Highway Patrol, United States Border Patrol and Northwest Narcotics Task Force have partnered to create a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Task Force to focus on Highway 85 and Highway 23 in McKenzie County. The Task Force will take place on Saturday, March 14 in an effort to eliminate impaired drivers from the roadway.
“If you make the choice to consume alcohol, take personal responsibility and always drive sober or find a sober ride,” said Chief Deputy Shannon Wellen, McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office. “This DUI Task Force is one way we’ll reach the Vision Zero goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities by removing drivers that are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from North Dakota roads.”
Last year in North Dakota, 42% of motor vehicle fatalities were alcohol-related. Crashes that involve alcohol and/or drugs are 100% preventable and many lives would be saved in North Dakota each year if every driver consistently made the choice to always drive sober or to designate a sober driver.
This DUI Task Force is part of the Vision Zero strategy to eliminate motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.