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Published December 10, 2012, 05:45 PM

Law enforcement begin campaign to stop driving under influence of drugs

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota law enforcement is kicking off a new campaign to stop people driving under the influence of drugs.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota law enforcement is kicking off a new campaign to stop people driving under the influence of drugs.

The state's drug recognition expert program, or DRE, began in 1999, but North Dakota is still seeing a high level of accidents due to drivers high on drugs.

North Dakota Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol want to increase awareness about the problem, now speaking out in Fargo and Bismarck.

In addition to alcohol, any substance people take that can make them incapable of driving may result in a DUI arrest.

Mark Nelson, NDDOT Safety Director: “The average person in the public thinks that driving under the influence is alcohol and that's it. They don't really think about the drugs side of the house and what we're seeing in North Dakota is that there is an issue with driving under the influence of drugs.”

Last year 19 percent of traffic deaths in North Dakota were caused by drivers who had some drug in their system.

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