Task force efforts show encouraging results
The Southeast Fargo Regional DUI Task Force has just wrapped up a nine-day high visibility enforcement campaign, with the express purpose of providing coordination among law officials in the state to reduce driving under the influence (DUI) and alcohol-related crashes.
The good news is results of the stepped up effort are encouraging.
The Regional DUI Task force made a total of 232 enforcement contacts during the saturation patrol effort, resulting in 19 driving under the influence arrests along with five drug arrests for a total of 103 traffic citations/arrests.
This task force has been in existence since Oct. 1, 2010, relying on high profile public service announcements and advertising to send the no tolerance message to the community that impaired driving will not go overlooked.
In the Southeast Fargo Region, twelve law enforcement agencies participated in the second quarter of this program. During this same time there was one alcohol-related crash and no alcohol related fatalities in the region.
Task force members say these statistics emphasize the importance of enforcement and saturation patrols in protecting motorists on North Dakota roadways.
The low numbers are evidence the group is making progress in the mission they are trying to accomplish; but members say it is still not good enough. They won’t be satisfied until these statistics are down to zero.
On that note, the DUI Task force initiative would like to remind everyone to make sure to designate a driver whenever they are in a social drinking situation and to remember that the decision to not drink and drive must be made before you begin to drink.
The Southeast Fargo Regional DUI Task Force includes the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Cass, Traill, Steele, Richland, Ransom, and Sargent Sheriff’s Departments, and Fargo, West Fargo, Lisbon, North Dakota State University, and Wahpeton Police Departments.