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Patrol Uses Aircraft To Spot Violations

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Right of way violations are the leading cause of serious injury and fatal crashes in the state. To help cut down on the number of those violations, the North Dakota Highway Patrol conducted a high emphasis day to promote better driving habits in the northwest region today.

Troopers were stationed along Highway 83 and North Dakota 23 all day cracking down on right of way violations.

"We've had a lot of issues with injury and fatality crashes at that intersection, so we want to make sure people are obeying the law," says Highway Patrol Capt. Gary Orluck.

But, this wasn't just a typical day for troopers. They had an extra set of eyes in the sky.

"We will circle over an intersection and watch for violators, disregarding stop signs,” says Dennis Gallagher a North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Pilot. “Once we have a violator, we radio that down to a trooper on the ground in their vehicle, and then we follow the vehicle until the trooper has them stopped."

"We're just trying to get the word out to the public that they stop at stop signs, red lights, and don't turn on red and obey the basic right away laws that are under the N.D. Century Code books," says Orluck.

Depending on the time of day, the North Dakota Highway Patrol Troopers can catch up to 10 violators an hour.

"It's another tool we have to educate the public. They shouldn't be breaking laws and there are consequences usually it involves a crash," says Gallagher.

At the end of the day, it's not about how many citations are issued, but it's about keeping drivers safe.

A right of way violation is a $20 fine in the state of North Dakota.

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