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ND House defeats bill aimed at ending DUI checkpoints

North Dakota law enforcement agencies can continue to use sobriety checkpoints after House lawmakers defeated a bill Thursday that would have barred police from stopping a vehicle without reasonable suspicion that laws are being violated.


House Bill 1084 failed on a vote of 34-59.


The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, had said statistics show checkpoints aren’t an effective tool for apprehending drunk drivers, and while they may or may not be effective in deterring drunken driving, extra patrols are more effective and don’t raise the same legal concerns.

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