North Dakota law enforcement will be watching closely for underage drinking throughout April and May as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. With the onset of spring in North Dakota, several high school activities like prom, graduation and other celebrations occur, around which underage drinking can happen. However, alcohol use among teenagers is avoidable. Positive influences from parents, schools, the community, and law enforcement can reinforce the fact that underage alcohol use is not acceptable or a “rite of passage,” and that celebrations do not need to include alcohol.
“Consuming alcohol underage has consequences, whether from parents, schools and coaches, or even law enforcement,” said Karin Mongeon, North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Safety Division Director. “Law enforcement’s main goal over the next two months is to educate and deter teens from drinking in order to keep them safe, especially on our roads. In addition, if law enforcement does find them consuming or in possession of alcohol, those individuals could end up in court and ordered to pay fines.”
The NDDOT administers federal grant funding for underage drinking enforcement as part of an overall effort to prevent deaths and injuries on North Dakota roads. Learn more about the efforts to prevent teen driver crashes at ndcodefortheroad.org or join the conversation on the Code for the Road Facebook or Twitter page.
Families are invited to create memorials for young drivers and passengers who have died in crashes in North Dakota at ndcodefortheroad.org/memorial. Each memorial is built on the hope of preventing another death.