The 2007 Legislature authorized the Attorney General to establish a 24/7 Sobriety Program in one or more judicial districts of the state. The 2009 Legislature expanded the program statewide, adding participation in the program as a condition of parole & probation, and providing for a temporary restricted driver's license for purposes of participating in the testing.
The 24/7 Sobriety Pilot Program took effect on January 1, 2008. Statewide implementation of the program was completed in August 2010.
The program affects individuals arrested for a second or subsequent DUI occurring on or after January 1, 2008. Judges in the participating judicial districts will, in the case of second or subsequent DUI arrest, issue a bond order requiring the arrestee to refrain from alcohol use and to show up twice each day between certain hours at a specific location for a breath alcohol test. The individual pays $1.00 each test ($2.00 per day) to offset the costs of testing. If the individual's test registers any alcohol use then he or she is immediately taken into custody. If the arrestee fails to show for testing, bond is revoked. The court may also order remote electronic alcohol monitoring in select cases. Participation in the 24/7 program may be required as a condition of parole & probation, for any violation where drugs or alcohol may be involved, or in cases involving domestic abuse, or abuse/neglect of a child.
ND 24/7 Program
Facts and Stats
- According to statistics from the ND Highway Patrol, in 2011, 66 of the 148 traffic deaths (45%) were alcohol related;
- The Department of Transportation reports that the average blood alcohol concentration of drivers involved in alcohol-related crashes was 0.174 – more than twice the legal limit;
- DUI arrests accounted for more than one-fifth (22.5%) of all adults arrested in 2011.
Over 98% of the individuals who are placed on the 24/7 Sobriety Program successfully complete it. In other words, they don't drink, and they don't drink and drive.