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Published December 21, 2012, 02:31 PM

Increased Enforcement On North Dakota Roads

With a busy weekend for holiday travel expected this weekend, more law enforcement will be on the roads. The North Dakota Highway Patrol will have troopers working overtime to make sure laws are strictly enforced.

With a busy weekend for holiday travel expected this weekend, more law enforcement will be on the roads.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol will have troopers working overtime to make sure laws are strictly enforced.

Sitting out by I-29, it doesn't take long to find someone speeding.

"I always tell people when they ask well how much do you get over, it's like speed limits 75 not 80, not 81. It's always vigilance, being aware and alert of whats going on," Trooper Ryan Panasuk said.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Ryan Panasuk has given out quite a few tickets since he started with the North Dakota Highway Patrol more than 5 years ago. He will be looking for several violations out on the roads this holiday weekend.

"Basic general speed, right of way, anything having to do with stop signs, lights, light changes, turn signals," Panasuk said.

Panasuk and his fellow troopers will be working overtime to make sure traffic laws are obeyed.

"We'll work some speed saturations where speed is one of the main factors when it comes to crashes especially in winter," Liuetenant Aaron Hummel said.

So far this year nearly 160 people have died in traffic accidents in the State, that is up 24 from last year.

82 of those fatalities were alcohol related and troopers are trying to get those numbers down.

"Don't do it, it's irresponsible, unwise, you're just asking for trouble," Panasuk said.

"Overall with the enforcement efforts, the education efforts we do, there's a 3rd component to this overall traffic safety and that's just the personal responsibility," Hummel said.

Troopers say buckle up, drive for conditions and never drink and drive.

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