City, ND – Agencies are partnering to conduct a Driving
Under the Influence (DUI) Task Force that will focus on Highway 85 and Highway
23 in McKenzie County on Saturday, September 1 in an effort to eliminate
impaired drivers from the roadway. Participating agencies include Watford City
Police Department, McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Highway
Patrol, United States Border Patrol and Northwest Narcotics Task Force.
“Over the past five years (2013-2017) in North Dakota, nearly 300
motor vehicle fatalities have been alcohol-related. These fatalities are 100 percent
preventable,” said Lt. Shannon Wellen, Watford City Police
Department. “With this DUI Task Force, we plan to target those who are driving
impaired, so tragedies can be prevented.”
Last year in North Dakota, 47 percent of motor vehicle fatalities
were alcohol-related. Annually,
there are between 5,000 and 6,000 DUI arrests in the state.
The DUI Task Force works in partnership through
the Vision Zero traffic safety strategy to eliminate fatalities and serious
injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes on North Dakota roads.