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June 29, 2018
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Troopers Ramp Up Patrols for Independence Day Holiday

June 29, 2018 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Troopers will have extra patrols on the roadways and waterways to help ensure people safely enjoy the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Alaska State Troopers will mostly be out on the roads enforcing traffic laws and responding to calls for service while Alaska Wildlife Troopers will focus on contacting people out fishing or recreating around Alaskan lakes, rivers and seas.

Starting today and running through July 8, Alaska State Troopers will be conducting overtime patrols to keep the traffic influx moving safely up and down the highways. Since highway traffic is expected to be heavy on the Seward and Sterling highways due to numerous events on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska State Troopers will be conducting focused patrols in these areas looking for poor driver behaviors like aggressive and distracted driving. Meanwhile, Alaska Wildlife Troopers will focus on fishing enforcement patrols with special emphasis on boating safety laws and boating under the influence this weekend in addition to checking whether people are complying with fishing regulations.

Regardless of what your ultimate plans are for the holiday weekend, Troopers encourage you to always practice safe driving behaviors when getting behind the wheel or handlebars. The first step is by clicking that seat belt or wearing a helmet or life jacket when applicable. And as always, Troopers also encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 9-1-1.

Funding for the focused highway enforcement is provided in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

UPDATE: 7/18/2018
 
Results of Independence Day High Visibility Enforcement Campaign
 
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The results are in for the High Visibility Enforcement Campaign which began on July 1 and ended on July 5.
 

For period 7/1/2018 thru 7/5/2018  
  - 21 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 3 felony DUI Arrests  
  - 5 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.  
  - 53 REDDIs reported with 20 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI  
  - 28 damage only crashes 6 injury crashes and 1 fatal collision were investigated by troopers
  - Of the 479 citations issued, 258 were issued for speeding and 18 issued for seatbelt or other
   occupant restraint violations
   

Funding for the focused highway enforcement was provided in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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