Law enforcement in North Dakota and other states is concerned with keeping streets and roads safe for all travelers. Those who choose to consume alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel place themselves and everyone else on the road in danger. As such, law enforcement authorities routinely conduct traffic stops and DUI checkpoints to check for, and arrest, inebriated drivers. Here are some statistics from North Dakota’s latest anti-DUI campaign.
Details regarding campaign and arrests
Beginning in Dec. 2021, several law enforcement agencies throughout North Dakota took part in the state’s anti-DUI campaign. The campaign was entitled “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and it ran from Dec. 17, 2021, to Jan. 31, 2022. During that time, authorities issued 121 alcohol and drug-related citations and made 70 arrests for DUI.
Moreover, officials made 19 arrests or issued citations for minors in possession of alcohol, consuming alcohol or having an open container. The reports states authorities also made 20 arrests for drug-related offenses. The campaign was an attempt at reducing the number of fatal traffic accidents in the state caused by intoxication. Incidentally, the report also stated that in 2020, one in seven adults in North Dakota were arrested under suspicion of DUI.
Defense against charges
A noble effort by law enforcement to keep streets safe, an anti-DUI campaign is an effective method for identifying and holding those accountable who would drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Still, any number of reasons can cause a driver to appear intoxicated even when he or she is not. Furthermore, the details regarding a DUI-related traffic stop and subsequent tests, searches and other attempts at gathering evidence may have infringed upon the accused’s legal rights. Those charged with DUI in North Dakota will want to work closely with an experienced criminal defense attorney to increase their chances of successfully fighting the charges against them.