April distracted driving enforcement campaign results in 425 citations in North Dakota

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Bismarck, ND) -- In an effort to save lives, law enforcement agencies across the state worked overtime in April for the nationwide distracted driving enforcement campaign, U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

A total of 425 citations were attributed to the added patrols. Of the total citations, 151 were issued for distracted driving, 65 for other traffic citations (i.e. disobeying traffic signals, equipment violations), 83 citations for speeding, 38 citations for suspended/revoked license, 20 citations for being an uninsured motorist, four drug-related arrests, three DUI arrests, and nine citations for not wearing a seat belt.

"Every driver and vehicle occupant can help meet the state’s Vision Zero goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads by taking personal responsibility when driving," said Program Manager Lauren Bjork in a statement released to WDAY Radio. "This means always wearing a seat belt, transporting children in appropriate child passenger safety seats, driving distraction-free, driving sober and obeying all posted speed limits. High-visibility enforcement for traffic safety is one element of a collaborative effort to reach the zero goal."

To learn more about traffic safety initiatives in the state, click here.