Impaired driving crashes are preventable.
Alcohol and drug-related crashes are 100% preventable. Many lives would be saved in North Dakota each year if every driver consistently makes the choice to always drive sober or to designate a sober driver.
Yet 265 people have died in alcohol-related crashes in North Dakota over the past 5 years. Alcohol is a factor in about 40-50% of fatal crashes in North Dakota annually. The percent of alcohol-related fatal crashes decreased annually between 2014 and 2015. Following increases in 2016 and 2017, the percent of alcohol-related fatal crashes decreased again in 2018.
In 2018, 43% of motor vehicle fatalities in North Dakota were alcohol-related.
North Dakota Law Enforcement
North Dakota law enforcement agencies have various strategies they use to keep impaired drivers off the roads and keep the roads safe for all roadway users. Below are enforcement efforts they conduct above their normal patrol duties:
Saturation Patrol: active patrols that enforce impaired driving laws, often in identified high-risk crash areas.
Sobriety Checkpoint: concentrated enforcement efforts to identify and arrest impaired drivers. The area is selected based on high alcohol and/or drug-related incidences and will be established and documented in advance of each operation.
High Visibility Enforcement (HVE): a traffic safety approach designed to create deterrence and change unlawful traffic behavior. HVE combines highly visible and proactive law enforcement targeting a specific traffic safety issue and/or campaign (Click It or Ticket; Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over; U Drive. U Text. U Pay.).
What can you do to be a responsible driver?
- Always drive sober and alert.
- Don't let your family members or friends drive impaired.
- Never ride with a driver who has been drinking alcohol.
- Before drinking alcohol, choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver.
- If you have been drinking alcohol, call a family member, friend, cab or ride service for a sober ride home. You can also download NHTSA’s Safer Ride app to help you call a friend or family member, pinpoint your location, and arrange to be picked up.
- When you see an impaired driver, always call 9-1-1 and report it.
Always wear your seat belt - it's your best protection against impaired drivers.