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JULY 3, 2013 THE PRESS PAGE 5 Summer patchwork Photo: Larry Biri Above: Park River City employees Wade Kalgard, on the tamper and Jordan Ei- denschink, filling the mixer with hot asphalt do some pothole patching around Park River. Tough new drunk driving laws take effect this week BISMARCK, N.D. -- Changes to the state&apos;s DUI laws took effect on Monday, July 1, 2013, a month before the effective date of most other new laws and before the 4th of July holiday weekend. Under the tough new laws, drunk drivers who cause the death of another person can be charged with an A-felony offense and face up to 20 years in prison. The ND Highway Patrol reports this year to date, 25 people have been killed in alcohol-related crashes. In 2012, 87 people were killed by drunk drivers on North Dakota's roads. "As people have lost their lives at the hands of drunk drivers, and as the Legislature has addressed the problem, public attention to this issue has greatly increased. That's a good thing, because we all need to be a part of the solution. It will take a consensus of North Dakotans' opinions, attitudes, and actions--not just a change in the law--to change our culture. If we do that, together, lives will be saved," said Representative Kim Koppelman (R-Dist 13), who was the prime sponsor of House Bill 1302. In 2011, there were 6,600 DUI arrests in North Dakota. "Drunk driving is a choice but it is not one that we should tolerate. It is my hope that the combination of stiff fines, mandatory jail. sen- tences, and forced sobriety through participation in the 24/7 program will reduce the number of DUI of- fenses," said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Even first time DUI offenders face tougher penalties: A first offense with an alcohol concentration of less than .16 (twice the legal driving level) car- des a minimum fine of $500. If the alcohol concentration is .16 or higher, the minimum fine is $750 with a minimum mandatory jail sentence of 2 days or 10 hours of community service per day of jail time. In 2011, the average blood al- cohol concentration by weight was .174. Repeat offenders will face minimum mandatory jail sen- tences, mandatory probation and mandatory participation in the 24/7 Sobriety Program. The mandatory minimum sentences range from 10 days for a 2nd offense in 7 years to a year and a day for a 4th or subse- quent offense, which is a Class C- felony offense now. Refusal to submit to chemical testitig is also an offense, with the same penalties as a DUI offense with chemical testing. Individuals arrested for a DUI may be eligible for a temporary re- stricted driver's license during the suspension period if they agree to participate in the 24/7 Sobriety Program and they meet the De- partment of Transportation's eligi- bility requirement. "Make sure your 4th of July celebrations don't end in a jail cell or a morgue," said Stenehjem. "Designate a sober driver before the celebrations begin." Free "Eliminate Your Debt" seminars offered in Grand Forks GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Credit lines over-ex- tended? Not sure who to pay first? Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul? If this sounds all too familiar, attend one of The Village Financial Resource Center's FREE "Eliminate Your Debt" brown bag seminars. Leam the steps you need to take to reduce your debt, put an end to collection calls, and give you peace of mind. Wednesday, July 10, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Grand Forks Public Library Tuesday, August 6, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Grand Forks Public Library No registration required. Financial counselors at The Village help people be- come better money managers through educational programs, budget counseling, and debt management programs. The Village is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. For more infor- mation or to schedule an in-person, telephone or on- line financial counseling appointment, contact The Village Financial Resource Center at 1-800-450-4019. NDSU E00:00tension Service offers water damage cleanup advice FARGO, N.D. --Many North Dakotans are faced with cleaning buildings that are wet from seep- age into basements or other water damage caused by flooding and 1 Jl,,',?,  '< ; saturated soils. ....... fe' are tips from Ken Helle- vang, North Dakota State Univer- sity Extension Service agricultural engineer, to help the cleanup go more smoothly and safely: Stay safe. When using wet/dry vacuums and other cleaning equip- ment, use an extension cord with a ground fault circuit interrupter or install a ground fault circuit inter- rupter in electrical circuits. Do not stand in water when using electri- cal equipment. Sewer backup contains exten- sive biological contamination, so use care when doing cleanup. Wear boots, gloves and other protective gear. Overland flooding also may contain some biological or chemi- cal contamination, so use personal protective clothing. Porous materi- als such as carpet or drywall that can absorb water need to be dis- carded if exposed to sewer backup 'or other wate- With 'lirlogial or chemical contamination. Wet materials will mold in one to three days, depending on the temperature, so cleanup and drying need to be done quickly. Mold in buildings is a human health hazard. Mold must be removed, not just killed by using a biocide, to elimi- nate the hazard. Open at least two windows for cross-ventilation to remove moisture in the house if outdoor air is dry, or use a dehu- midifier. Adding heat without ex- hausting the air just creates a warm, humid environment that is more conducive to mold growth and does not aid drying. Use fans to circulate air across damp sur- dry it within 48 hours of when it faces to speed up drying, became wet to minimize mold Clean and dry carpets and rug s growth; use a wet/dry vacuum, dry quickly. For health reasons, discard outdoor air and/or a dehumidifier. carpet if it is exposed to sgwage or Use fans to circulate air above and if mold groWlt/uedLTo cJax- undei'neath the carpet. Unlessl the take carpets and rugs outside and "carpet is very thin and does not hose them down. Use a- disinfect " have a pad, such  indoor/outdoor ing carpet cleaner to clean them thoroughly. Dry the carpet or rugs and floor rapidly and thoroughly before replacing the carpet. Use a moisture meter to assure that a wood floor is dry before replacing the carpet or rugs. Before placing carpet on concrete, tape a 3-foot- square plastic sheet on the concrete for a couple of days to make sure moisture vapor is not coming through to create damp conditions conducive for mold growth. Re- place the padding. If the carpet can't be removed, carpeting, lifting the carpet to ex- pose both sides for drying is very important. Mold growth likely will occur unless the carpet can be dried within 24 to 48 hours, de- pending on the temperature. Clean and sanitize nonporous materials. Scrub surfaces with hot water and a heavy-duty cleaner. Then sanitize for biological con- tamination with a solution of chlo- rine bleach and water or a product that is labeled as a disinfectant to kill germs. Follow label directions. Don't mix cleaning products be- cause a combination of chemicals can give offtoxic fumes. Dry ceilings and walls. Typi- cally, water-soaked wallboard needs to be roved and thrown away because it-loses its structural intety anding it may not be possible before it becomes moldy. Damp wallboard on a wall that does not contain insulation needs to be dried rapidly by circulating air onto the damp wall. It must be dried within a couple of days to prevent mold growth. Water will wick up drywall a couple of feet above the waterline. Frequently, a wall will need to be opened'o dry rapidly. If the wall contains insula- tion, the wall needs to be opened and the insulation removed. The insulation retains moisture, and the paper on the interior of the wall will become infested with mold before it dries. Plaster and panel- ing may be saved, but air must cir- culate in the wall cavities to dry the studs and sills. Clean appliances. Use a heavy- d uy cleaner and hot water, then a bleach solution, to clean surfaces. Recondition or replace electric mo- tors that were submerged in water. Hire a professional to replace or recondition electrical wiring and equipment. Breaker panel boards, breakers, fuses, receptacles, switches, light fixtures and electric heaters that were submerged must be replaced. Electrical wiring also may need to be replaced. 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