New laws to take effect

Photo courtesy: Bismarck Police Department
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BISMARCK, N.D. - The laws passed by the state legislature earlier this year are going into effect at midnight Wednesday night.

One of these new rules could make fleeing an officer a felony. Bismarck police say that in the last four years they've seen the number of people who try to drive off go from from 40 to about a 160 per year. This law wouldn't make every case a felony.

"If they're operating in a manner that is a substantial risk of injury or death to someone else then it can be called a felony," said Lieutenant Jeff Solemsaas, Bismarck police.​

Solemsaas adds that Bismarck police don't follow most cars that flee. Instead, they record the license plate number and follow up later.