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Protecting Your Loved One When They Drive Newer Cars

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You've heard it plenty of times: take the keys and don't let family or friends drink and drive. Technology is quickly changing and sometimes taking the keys is just not enough! This weekend police officers will be out in full force statewide in North Dakota for DUI enforcement. Valley News Team's "Ashley Bishop" investigates why it's important to understand what kind of cars your family and friends are driving in order to keep them safe.

Driving is something almost every one does and drunk driving is something everyone is trying to stop.

"I could ask a friend who doesn't drink to drive or call a cab," says Fargo resident Milda Halvorson.
"I have taking keys from some of my best friends and saved them from DUI's," says another Fargo resident Bryan Luer.

 Many of us are used to your traditional key start vehicles but now a days most vehicles are start with smart keys or push to start which leaves us wondering if that gives impaired drivers easier access to vehicles.

"In order for the car to start the key does have to be in the vehicle and its like a radio transmitter," says Luther Family Ford Sales Associate Terry Wicklow.

The term "key" is used loosely the newer cars' smart keys do not look like your traditional key and are often called a key fob. They were made for the sheer fact of convenience. Many people we talked with never even thought about taking the key fob away from their friends or family who have had a few too many.

"Honestly I have never thought about that before and it comes down to people needing to be responsible for yourself," says Fargo resident Josh Goedtke.  

To protect your family and friends know what type of keys or fobs they need to drive their cars and how they work. If you plan on drinking, don't be afraid to hand your keys over.

"Personally I always give a bartender my keys right away," says Goedtke.

"I dream of the day when cars are driving themselves that will be the best," says Halvorson

 Fargo police say there's a nationwide push for DUI enforcement during the month of June and they'll continue strong enforcement throughout the summer.
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