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Sobriety checkpoint

A Burleigh County Sheriff deputy places a man under arrest in this file photo after failing a breathalyzer test during the sobriety check point held in east Bismarck.

BISMARCK, N.D.  — North Dakota's Republican-led House has passed a measure that would outlaw sobriety checkpoints in the state.

The House voted 79-14 Tuesday to approve the bill that requires "reasonable suspicion for certain traffic stops."

Bismarck GOP Rep. Rick Becker was the measure's primary sponsor. He says sobriety checkpoints are ineffective and don't act as a deterrent.

Becker says "roving saturation patrols" do more to get drunken drivers off the road.

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Becker unsuccessfully pushed similar legislation two years ago.

The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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