- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Highway Patrol is planning extra patrols during the upcoming holiday weekend, and all through the month of July.

The patrol says all traffic laws will be strictly enforced, with a focus on alcohol-related violations and seat belt use. The Click It or Ticket campaign runs through July 31.

The patrol says 42 people have died in traffic crashes in North Dakota so far this year, with half of the victims unrestrained and nearly half dying in alcohol-related crashes.

Last year, there was one fatality in the state over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The overtime program is funded by a federal grant.

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