Law enforcement to put extra focus on underage drinking starting Oct. 12

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Starting next Monday and running through the end of October, North Dakota law enforcement will focus on underage drinking in the state. 

As part of the “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” campaign, there will be extra patrols and compliance checks to remind teens that drinking under the age of 21 or driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal. Underage teens could face fines and end up in court. 

In 2017, 49 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in North Dakota were alcohol-related, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation. 

“With back to school activities in full swing we want to make sure teens are making the wise choice to not consume alcohol underage,” said Burleigh County Sheriff Pat Heinert. “’Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’ is a great reminder to teens of the dangers and consequences their actions can have.” 

This campaign is part of the “Vision Zero” effort to eliminate motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.

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