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Holiday Travel Begins with ND Highway Patrol Saturation

PHOTO: The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be out in full force today, hoping the added visibility will be a reminder for motorists to stay safe over the holidays. Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker.
PHOTO: The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be out in full force today, hoping the added visibility will be a reminder for motorists to stay safe over the holidays. Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker.
November 26, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. - Today is traditionally one of the busiest travel days in North Dakota, and those hitting the roads for Thanksgiving can expect to see plenty of law enforcement keeping it safe along the way. Lieutenant Tom Iverson with the North Dakota Highway Patrol says they'll be conducting a statewide saturation patrol today, so motorists need to buckle up, slow down and not drink and drive.

"Going into these winter months, things can get quite busy with the slippery roadways," Iverson says. "We find ourselves responding to a large number of crashes, and oftentimes many of those have devastating consequences."

So far this year in North Dakota, there have been 50 alcohol-related traffic fatalities and more than 1,500 arrests for drunk driving.

Getting behind the wheel after drinking is not the only oft-cited factor in crashes. There's the distracted driving of those talking on the phone or texting; and Iverson notes drowsy driving is increasingly becoming a problem.

"It is something we do deal with here in North Dakota," he says. "Time is money, so people are in a hurry to get where they're going and may not take that extra time to get that rest they need in order to drive safely."

New research shows over the past five years, more than 20 percent of all fatal crashes nationally involved a drowsy driver.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND