FARGO — The North Dakota Highway Patrol and Cass County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Cass County Friday, Aug. 20.

Nursing staff from Essentia Health will also be on hand providing information to drivers regarding the risks of driving under the influence. Additionally, saturation patrols will be conducted in Cass County and Ransom County Saturday, Aug. 21.

The checkpoint and saturation patrols are intended to deter impaired driving and remove impaired drivers from the road, a press release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol stated. According to the patrol, 65 fatalities have been recorded statewide as of Aug. 12, 20 of which were related to alcohol.

“We are seeing an increase in risky driving behaviors to include speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence," Sgt. Jed Dahnke of the North Dakota Highway Patrol stated via news release. "These behaviors are leading to more fatalities and serious injury crashes, but many can be prevented. Drivers need to recognize their choices affect others and make the choice to never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

According to the patrol, alcohol and drug-related crashes are preventable. The patrol called on North Dakotans to designate a drive and always drive sober.