N.D. (Ashlee Doan) – Over the past five years in North Dakota, more
than 300 people have died in an alcohol-related crash. In an effort to save lives, law enforcement
will be increasing patrols statewide to remove impaired drivers from
the road as part of the enforcement campaign, Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over
from December 16 through January 31.
conjunction with the DSOGPO enforcement
campaign, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will
launch a new
impaired driving campaign that tells the story of a fatal
crash that happened in Mandan.
fatal crash occurred on October 29, 2011, when Taylor Berhow lost
three of his friends in a motor vehicle crash because of a drunk
driver. That drunk driver was Taylor. As a result of the crash, not
only was Taylor responsible for the deaths of his friends, but he was
convicted of manslaughter. At the time of the crash, Taylor was 23
years old and had a blood alcohol content level that was more than
three times the legal driving limit. Today, he speaks to groups
around the state, including high school students, about everything
he’s facing and the decisions that led him to this point, hoping to
deter as many people as possible from making the same bad choices he
a saturation enforcement campaign like Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over,
we run extra patrols targeting those motorists who display the signs
of being impaired,” said Valley City Police Chief Phil Hatcher.
“The extra time and visibility are some of the best tools we can
deploy to make a difference on our roadways and save lives.”
year during the holiday season (mid-December – late January), two
people were killed and 43 injured in alcohol-related crashes.
NDDOT administers federal grant funding as part of an overall effort
to prevent deaths and injuries on North Dakota roads. Learn more
about these and other traffic safety initiatives at dot.nd.gov,
or join the conversation on the Code for the Road Facebook or Twitter
are invited to create memorials for those who have died in crashes in
North Dakota at ndcodefortheroad.org/memorial.