JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NDDOT) – 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 322 citations were attributed to the added patrols. Of the total citations, 174 were issued for distracted driving, 53 for other traffic citations (i.e. disobeying traffic signals, equipment violations), 39 citations for speeding, 16 citations for suspended/revoked license, seven citations for being an uninsured motorist, seven drug-related arrests and six citations for not wearing a seat belt.

Every driver and vehicle occupant in North Dakota 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. This means wearing a seat belt at all times, transporting children in child passenger safety seats appropriate for the child’s age and height, driving distraction free, driving sober (i.e. not under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs) and obeying all posted speed limits. High-visibility enforcement for traffic safety is one element of a collaborative effort to reach the zero goal.

Learn more about traffic safety initiatives at VisionZero.ND.gov or join the conversation on the Vision Zero ND Facebook or Twitter page.

Article by Ashlee Doan