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Published August 14, 2012, 08:54 PM

North Dakota Police Agencies Begin Crackdown on Impaired Drivers

Police agencies across northeastern North Dakota are joining forces over the next month to crack down on impaired drivers.

Police agencies across northeastern North Dakota are joining forces over the next month to crack down on impaired drivers.

City, rural and state roadways will be monitored in an effort to arrest those over the legal limit. The regional task force made more than 6,200 DUI arrests in 2011 and this year the Grand Forks Police Department hopes to reach that goal again by increasing the number of officers on the road region wide.

With the recent tragedy on highway 94 in which a drunk driver killed an entire family, including himself officers say the realization of the dangers makes their message clearer. Sheriff Bob Rost says drunk driving numbers aren't going down, and he and his staff will continue to monitor the roads until there are zero citations, and no alcohol or drug-related fatalities. Rost says "You have to be proactive with this thing. You have to keep doing it, you know if we do something like this and the numbers go down, you have to keep doing it."

The federal government has given the state of North Dakota aid for extra DUI enforcement, so it's being put to good use.

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