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Special Holiday Traffic Enforcement Results

January 30, 2024 (Anchorage, Alaska) – Over the Special Holiday traffic enforcement effort, Alaska State Troopers and Wildlife Troopers issued 237 citations, made two felony DUI arrests, and investigated two fatal collisions across Alaska’s roadways.
 
The focused traffic enforcement patrols ran from December 18, 2023 to January 1, 2024.
 
Alaska State Trooper and Wildlife Trooper contacts during the enforcement period include the following:
• 20 misdemeanor DUI arrests
• 2 felony DUI arrests
• 15 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license
• 151 damage only collisions, 11 injury collisions, and 2 fatal collisions were investigated by troopers
• Of the 237 citations issued, 58 were issued for speeding and 12 issued for seatbelt or other
occupant restraint violations
 
Funding for increased patrol efforts comes from grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.
 
Motorists who see someone driving dangerously are encouraged to call in a REDDI – Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately – by calling 911. To learn more about REDDI, visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml

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James Hoelscher & Lisa Purinton Appointed to DPS Leadership Posts

January 9, 2023 (ANCHORAGE, AK) – Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell has appointed James Hoelscher as the new Director of the Village Public Safety Officer Division, and Lisa Purinton as the new Director of the Statewide Services Division.
 
“I have worked with James and Lisa throughout my career at DPS and know that they embody the loyalty, integrity, courage, and compassion that drives our department every day,” said Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell. “I know James and Lisa will continue to drive the positive momentum at DPS through these critical leadership appointments and serve our department and State well.”  
 
James Hoelscher is a former Village Public Safety Officer and Police Chief, where he served his home village of Hooper Bay for 20 years. Hoelscher worked as a VPSO from 2009- 2015 until he joined the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) as an Investigator. Immediately prior to joining DPS he was the enforcement chief for AMCO and worked closely with the Alcohol Beverage Commission (ABC) and Marijuana Control Board in developing regulations.
 
Lisa Purinton started her career with DPS in 2006 as an auditor and trainer for the department’s criminal justice information systems program. She was promoted several times within the Statewide Services Division including to the Criminal Justice Information Systems Bureau Chief position. Most recently she served as the department’s legislative liaison where she advocated for DPS priority legislation and managed relationships with Alaska’s Legislative Branch.
 
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Special Holiday DUI Traffic Enforcement Campaign

December 20, 2023 (Anchorage, Alaska) – The holidays are filled with cheers and celebrations. If you plan to include libations in your holiday festivities, remember to be responsible. Alaska State Troopers are conducting increased traffic enforcement to help keep Alaskans safe and catch impaired drivers. Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers across Alaska are conducting focused patrols for impaired drivers.
 
These increased patrols run from December 18, 2023 – January 1, 2024. During this time, additional troopers are patrolling highways and roads around the state, looking for impaired and unsafe drivers. If your holiday plans involve alcohol, marijuana, or any other impairing substances remember to call a cab or rideshare, have a designated driver, or stay the night.
 
“Don’t gamble with your life or the lives of others this holiday season by driving drunk or high; the odds
will never work out in your favor,” said Colonel Mo Hughes, Director of the Division of Alaska State Troopers. “If you choose to get behind the wheel while impaired, remember, our troopers on the road are committed to finding and arresting every drunk driver.”
 
Funding for increased patrol efforts comes from grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.
 
Motorists who see someone driving dangerously are encouraged to call in a REDDI – Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately – by calling 911. To learn more about REDDI, visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml

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