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Speeding and DUI FAQs

speedlimitsignHow do police decide where to run radar for speeding?

There are no specific criteria for determining where radar enforcement will occur, but the police department gives extra attention to neighborhoods and other areas where children and pedestrians are more likely to be present. Radar is an enforcement tool used in areas where we get frequent complaints from the public about speeding and where traffic crashes are an ongoing problem.

Do cops have a quota for the number of traffic tickets they write?

Fargo Police officers are encouraged to make traffic enforcement a high priority because speeding, bad driving and traffic crashes are a top concern for local residents. Officers are not required to write a set number of tickets, but they are expected to make traffic stops and take enforcement action as needed to reduce crashes.

What will happen if I refuse to take a breathalyzer test?

In North Dakota, a driver is deemed to have given consent to a chemical test of their blood, breath, saliva or urine. These tests determine blood alcohol level and assure a motorist is able to drive safely.

It is a criminal offense (Class B Misdemeanor) to refuse to submit to a chemical test.  Individuals who refuse to submit to a chemical test will be arrested and their license may be revoked for up to four years.

Police can still arrest a driver who refuses a test for DUI if they determine the person is under the influence of alcohol.

If I give someone a ride and they are drinking in my car, but I'm not, what can happen to me?

It is against the law for anyone to drink alcohol in a motor vehicle or to possess an open alcoholic container in a vehicle. If the person in actual possession of the alcohol chooses not to claim it and the officer cannot determine who it actually belongs to, the charge could default to the driver.