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No, Grand Forks Herald, Tougher DUI Laws May Not Actually Be Right for North Dakota

No, Grand Forks Herald, Tougher DUI Laws May Not Actually Be Right for North Dakota

The Grand Forks Herald today has an editorial praising Minnesota for their progress in reducing DUI-related fatalities, and lashing North Dakota for failing to achieve the same progress. The editorial is correct in a top-level sort of way. Minnesota has made tremendous progress on this front. From 1998 to 2017 the state saw a more than

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Maybe We Should Spend Less on Arresting Drunk Drivers and More on Getting Them Home Safe

We should be doing a better job of tracking the impact ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft are having on drunk driving rates in North Dakota. We have spent literally decades making various changes and reforms to our traffic laws in an attempt to curve the very real problem with driving under the influence.

Print Column: The Quickest Way to Reduce DUI’s in North Dakota Would Be to Stop Enforcing the Law

MINOT, N.D. — “North Dakota tops list in study for percentage of drivers with a DUI history.” That recent headline was over an article describing research done by an insurance quotes website. Which is often the case with these sort of articles. Companies hawking things like insurance or credit cards produce these “studies” ranking states

Creating a Database of Where DUI Offenders Were Drinking Is a Terrible Idea

We already use a lot of very bad metrics when it comes to the public debate over driving drunk. For instance, everyone from reporters to law enforcement to policymakers likes to talk about drunk driving arrests, but what do arrests really tell us about actual on-the-road safety? Arrest numbers can go up and down based

North Dakotans Should Beware the Rise of Insta-Warrants

Earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an odious DUI law passed by lawmakers in 2013 which criminalized the refusal of a warrantless blood test (warrantless breath tests were allowed to stand, despite a dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, but that’s a subject for another post). It’s a good thing to require the

Supreme Court Strikes Down North Dakota Drunk Driving Law Criminalizing Refusal of Blood Tests

In a nutshell, the Supreme Court said laws criminalizing the refusal of a warrantless breathalyzer test are constitutional. Blood tests, however, will require a warrant. Here’s how we got there. During the 2013 legislative session North Dakota lawmakers passed a number of laws to address drunk driving. Among the changes was a law which makes

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North Dakota Law Making Your 4th Amendment Rights Illegal Goes To The Supreme Court

If the police come to your door without a warrant and asked to search your home for stolen property you would have the right, guaranteed by the 4th amendment, to refuse them access. But what if the state Legislature passed a bill making it so that your refusal of the search was in and of

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U.S. Supreme Court To Take Up Challenge To North Dakota Drunk Driving Law

Back in January I wrote about an opinion from the North Dakota Supreme Court which, frankly, made it illegal for citizens to exercise their 4th amendment rights when facing a drunk driving investigation. During the 2013 legislative session lawmakers passed a number of laws to address a supposed drunk driving epidemic. Among the changes was

Maybe Safe Rides Home, And Not Tougher Penalties, Are A Better Solution For Drunk Driving

When it comes to drunk driving there is a tendency, in the arena of public debate, to suppose that the best solution is a “get tough” approach. The only initiatives policymakers and the public seem interested in are more enforcement, more fines, and more jail. But what if there was a better way? I’ve been asking

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