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Miss N.D.: Message to drivers

By Staff | Aug 19, 2016

A few weeks ago, I received the extraordinary honor of being selected to represent you as Miss North Dakota. For the next year, my responsibility is to make a difference for the people of our state.

In North Dakota, about half of all deaths in motor vehicle crashes have been alcohol-related. From 2005 to 2014, an average of 62 people a year died in crashes involving alcohol. These deaths can be prevented.

As a ballet dancer, I know life can take unexpected turns, so it’s important to consider every decision you make. As I run for Miss America my platform is You Decide the Road Ahead: Don’t Drink and Drive. Join me this month as I continue my efforts to prevent impaired driving by working with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, law enforcement and other partners on an impaired driving campaign, Keep Life On Point: Don’t Drink and Drive, in conjunction with North Dakota’s participation in the national Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Please ask your family, friends and employees to drive sober and if you plan to drink designate a sober driver. If you need another reason besides the risk to lives and families-there’s the monetary cost of a DUI. Extra law enforcement patrols will be out through the Labor Day weekend across North Dakota to prevent impaired driving.

Christianson, of Grand Forks, will represent North Dakota in the Miss America pageant, Sunday, Sept. 11 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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