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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

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

Video: How Far Should We Go In Making Life Hard For Multiple DUI Offenders?

Today saw an interesting bill related to repeat DUI offenders from out of state. The bill is SB2157, and it would require the Department of Transportation to issue a work permit to any DUI offender who has lost his or her license in another state provided that person has lived in North Dakota for five

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North Dakota Supreme Court Criminalizes The 4th Amendment

The North Dakota Supreme Court today dealt a major blow to privacy rights in ruling that it’s ok to criminalize the exercise of your 4th amendment rights. Here’s what happened. During the 2013 legislative session lawmakers passed a number of laws to address a supposed drunk driving epidemic (one which was largely manufactured by the

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