Drunk driving crackdown on I-94

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is joining six other states in a weekend crackdown on impaired driving on Interstate 94.

The I-94 Corridor Traffic Enforcement Project will begin tonight and end early Saturday morning, according to a news release from the patrol. The traffic safety effort involves law enforcement from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Overall, 96 agencies will participate in the program.

During the past three years, 2,805 traffic crashes have occurred on I-94 within North Dakota, the patrol said. Fourteen people died and 386 were injured.

Nearly one-half of North Dakota’s fatal crashes are alcohol related, Highway Patrol Superintendent James Prochniak said.

North Dakota crash statistics show 172 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes between 2007 and 2009.