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North Dakota House passes bill outlawing DUI checkpoints

The North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck. Photo illustration by Troy Becker

BISMARCK -- North Dakota House lawmakers approved a bill prohibiting law enforcement from using checkpoints to catch drunk drivers Tuesday, Feb. 12.

House Bill 1442 would require police to have "reasonable suspicion" for halting a driver, according to its primary sponsor, Bismarck Republican Rep. Rick Becker. He argued checkpoints are an ineffective tool for catching violators.

The bill does not apply to inspections or safety checkpoints for commercial motor vehicles.

The bill passed in a 79-14 vote and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Becker has unsuccessfully pushed similar legislation in the past two sessions.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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