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Forum staff reports, Published August 20 2009

Area drunken driving enforcement stepped up

Officers throughout the region plan increased drunken driving enforcement starting this week.

The effort is part of a nationwide blitz to discourage and prevent drunken driving through the Labor Day holiday.

Agencies participating in the enforcement blitz are Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, North Dakota State University, Cass County, Clay County, Minnesota State Patrol and the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

According to a news release, there were 1,287 DUI arrests by officers in Cass County during 2008 and 682 DWI arrests in Clay County in 2007. Nationwide, nearly 13,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes where the operator had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent of higher.

The national impaired driver crackdown is a program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness.