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Associated Press, Published September 15 2010

ND agencies launch statewide DUI crackdown

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Transportation Department is launching a statewide effort on Oct. 1 to crack down on drunken driving.

The Regional Driving Under the Influence Task Force program will involve nearly 90 percent of all city, county, tribal and state law enforcement agencies.

Authorities say that over the past five years, about half of all motor vehicle fatalities in North Dakota were alcohol-related.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEN'-juhm) says nearly 6,000 people were arrested for drunken driving in the state last year.

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