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Troopers Conclude Holiday High Visibility Enforcement Efforts

January 2, 2019, ANCHORAGE, Alaska – From 12/13/2018 through 1/1/2019, Troopers made the following contacts:
 
  • 39 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests
  • 13 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
  • 64 REDDIs reported with 15 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
  • 212 damage only crashes, 18 injury crashes, & 2 fatal collisions were investigated by troopers
  • Of the 754 citations issued, 253 were issued for speeding and 12 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.
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UPDATE: December 26, 2018, ANCHORAGE, Alaska – From 12/13/2018 thru 12/26/2018, Troopers made the following contacts:
 
  • 18 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests
  • 5 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • 37 REDDIs reported with 9 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
  • 137 damage only crashes 13 injury crashes and 2 fatal collisions were investigated by troopers
  • Of the 428 citations issued, 148 were issued for speeding and 7 issued for seatbelt or other occupant   restraint violations
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Original Release: December 13, 2018 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The snow is falling, lights are brightening up neighborhoods and holiday parties are in full swing! For those of you that have to traverse our highways to get to and from your holly jolly good time, we would like to encourage you to make a plan to get home safely. To help remind you to not drive impaired, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be conducting a high visibility enforcement effort, starting today and running into the early morning hours of Jan. 1 of the new year.
 
The Department of Public Safety recognizes that alcohol is a part of many festivities this time of year. If you plan on partaking, don’t drive. Please have a plan in place to not drive impaired. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign is done annually around the holidays to encourage the motoring public to keep safety in mind and to prevent this time of year from turning tragic.
 
The focused enforcement by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers over the holiday is intended to prevent major injury and fatality crashes through enhanced enforcement. While the troopers are out to curb DUIs, they will also be on the lookout for additional driver behaviors that often contribute to fatal crashes, such as speeding and driving too fast for conditions.
 
Please do your part in keeping our roadways safe by not driving impaired. Additionally, don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report by calling 911 (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately). visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml
 

Funding for the High Visibility Enforcement Campaign was funded by grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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Troopers Find Stolen Firearms while Recovering Stolen Vehicles

December 12, 2018 PALMER, Alaska – On Dec. 10, 2018, at approximately 8:00 in the morning, the Alaska State Troopers’ Palmer Criminal Suppression Unit (CSU), AST’s Palmer Patrol, and the Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to Bodenburg Loop in Palmer for a stolen snowmachine recovery. While recovering the stolen snowmachine, Troopers located additional stolen property, to include an ATV, five stolen firearms and 15 other firearms that are suspected to be stolen property. Jessica Krieger, 35 of Palmer, was arrested and charged with five counts of Theft in the Second Degree. Troopers also located Trevor Bernard, 28 of Anchorage, who had two Misconduct Involving a Weapon in the Third Degree warrants for his arrest. 
 
Both Krieger and Bernard were transported and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial. Investigation into the 15 suspected firearms and the stolen ATV and snow machine is ongoing.
 
“This case is an excellent example of the ongoing cooperation amongst law enforcement agencies to address property crime, particularly in the Mat-Su Valley,” AST Acting Director Major Andrew Greenstreet said. “I look forward to seeing these partnerships continue, and the results that cross-agency engagement brings for the people of Alaska.”
 
During the investigation, AST had assistance from the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation.

A photo of the recovered fire arms can be found at https://dps.alaska.gov/getmedia/07215fe6-8334-4106-b0ce-17b6ec41b327/guns-CSU-case-2018

The case number for this incident is AK18087002.
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2018 Thanksgiving

November 21, 2018 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thanksgiving is a day that is meant to commemorate all the things that we’re thankful for in life. Sadly, the holiday also marks the peak day of the year for fires that cooking is the leading contributing factor. In Alaska last year, there were 183 fires in homes that were cooking-related. Residential property damage that year due to those fires surpassed $1.5 million dollars.
 
“Whether it be fires that are cooking-related, improper heating, electrical, it doesn’t matter—the suffering caused by fires is almost always preventable,” said Alaska State Fire Marshal David Tyler, Director for the Division of Fire and Life Safety. “This Thanksgiving, we ask Alaskans to not become complacent when preparing their holiday meal. Your life and the lives of your family and friends are too important to risk. Help us avoid a tragedy by not leaving your cooking unattended.”
 
In 2017, 183 residential fires were determined to be directly caused or contributed to by cooking. Five Alaskans were killed and nine were injured in those fires. Nationally, cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fire injuries. Cooking fires were also the second leading cause of home fire deaths.
 
The three other days of the year that someone is more likely to have a cooking-related fire in their home are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving.

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