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BISMARCK — Members of the North Dakota Senate voted down legislation Thursday, March 14, that would have banned law enforcement agencies from using DUI checkpoints to catch drunken drivers. House Bill 1442, which would have outlawed DUI checkpoints and required police to have “reasonable suspicion” to stop a driver, failed in a 10-36 Senate vote on Thursday. While some view DUI checkpoints as an ineffective enforcement method, police leaders see them as a valuable tool that not only stops drunken drivers but also prevents impaired driving in the first place.
FARGO — After several North Dakota counties experienced multiple equipment failures during the 2018 election, coordinators hope lawmakers will approve a bill with funding for new equipment by 2020. The current Secretary of State’s budget bill includes about $11 million in funding — $8 million in state funds and the remainder through federal money — for a new and updated statewide election system.
FARGO — The North Dakota Legislature has taken a step toward banning DUI checkpoints — an enforcement method that some view as ineffective. But local law enforcement leaders say checkpoints not only help catch drunken drivers but also deter impaired driving in the first place. DUI checkpoints boost public awareness about drunken driving and, because the checkpoints are announced ahead of time, encourage drinkers to plan other ways of travelling, said Sgt. Wade Kadrmas, safety and education officer with the North Dakota State Highway Patrol.
FARGO — With Congress back in session and the government shutdown ended, delegates from North Dakota have announced their guests for the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Republican Sen. John Hoeven has announced that his guest at the president's speech will be Bethlehem Gronneberg, founder and CEO of uCodeGirl. Gronneberg’s uCodeGirl is a Fargo-based nonprofit organization that promotes education and careers in software development and engineering for young women.