November 1, 2022

Drive sober or get pulled over

By Ashleigh Plemper
Farmer Staff Writer

Did you know that 20 percent of fatalities that have happened in car crashes on North Dakota’s roads this year were alcohol induced?
Last weekend, the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office and the Williston Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint at a predetermined location in Williams County to get a better idea of where things stand in regard to drinking and driving.
“In the area, we’ve had a fair number of alcohol-related crashes, including fatalities. So that’s one of the larger reasons we look to do one,” says Lt. Ryan  Panasuk.
Approximately 300 vehicles went through the checkpoint located near the 1500 block in Williston. The checkpoint was conducted for two hours with seven drivers that were tested for impairment and four were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).
In addition, there was one drug possession arrest, one fake ID arrest, and one open container citation issued.

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