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Grand Forks police officer J. Moe assists another officer during a stop near the DeMers Avenue bridge. Grand Forks Herald photo by Eric Hylden.

Alex Stock: DUI Policy Doesn’t Need to Be So Complicated

Alex Stock: DUI Policy Doesn’t Need to Be So Complicated

This guest post was submitted by Alex Stock, an attorney who works as a prosecutor for the City of Moorhead. One quote from this legislative session claims, “DUI law is the most complicated law we have on the planet.” And one prosecutor recently told the North Dakota Supreme Court “[i]t’s easier in my opinion to

Luke Heck: Amendments to DUI Bill Would Let Cops Disregard a Driver’s Rights

This guest post was submitted by Fargo defense attorney Luke Heck. Somewhere along the line, the drafting of our state’s DUI laws has become an adversarial process. We continue to make non-controversial things controversial instead of being problem solvers. A prime example of this is HB 1534, the bill that has been introduced this legislative session

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

Grand Forks police officer J. Moe assists another officer during a stop near the DeMers Avenue bridge in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Herald photo by Eric Hylden

Lawmakers Want to Seal DUI Records After Seven Years

Earlier this week I wrote about legislation introduced by Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo) which would allow criminals (except those who have to register as sex offenders) to petition the courts to get their cases sealed. Another bill along those lines has been introduced, but it would apply specifically to DUI offenses. It’s been introduced

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

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North Dakota Lawmakers Have Racked Up Seven Alcohol-Related Traffic Violations In The Last Decade

News this morning is that Minot lawmaker Roger Brabandt, a Republican who represents District 5 in the state House, has pleaded guilty to DUI after hitting a car and a tree with his 2008 Impalla back in December. His BAC level, according to the Minot Daily News, was .195 percent. The legal limit is .08.

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ND Supreme Court Overturns Absurd 20 Year Delayed DUI Conviction

The North Dakota Supreme Court today overturned a DUI conviction for a man named Jason William Gale. It was an extremely unusual case because the conviction happened twenty years after Gale was initially charged with the misdemeanor. And by unusual I mean absurd. I wrote about this case last summer over at Watchdog.org. It started

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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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