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Troopers Conducting High Visibility Enforcement Effort

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska State and Wildlife Troopers started the Annual Click It or Ticket high visibility enforcement effort today. The effort runs through June 2.

The main focus of the National Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is to save lives. AST hopes motorists drive safely throughout the high visibility enforcement and the rest of the summer.  Wearing seatbelts saves lives and goes a long way to protect all vehicle occupants from being seriously injured or killed.

“Memorial Day weekend serves as a kick-off to summer. People celebrate with barbecues, camping and other family gatherings. We want people to go out and have a good time. We just ask that you do it with a plan in place to get home safe... wear your seat belt,” said Colonel Barry Wilson, Director of the Alaska State Troopers. “Additionally, if you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive impaired, be sure to have a designated driver, stay the night or call a cab. Again, if you plan to celebrate on Memorial Day weekend, have a plan to get home safe.”

Don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report any time of the year by calling 911! To learn more about REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml.

Funding for the high visibility enforcement campaign is  funded by grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.
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DPS Highlights the Severity of Strangulation

May 7, 2019 (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – On Friday, May 3, 2019, a Sitka jury found Albert Macasaet guilty of Murder in the First Degree in relation to the murder of 27-year-old JudyLee Guthrie, of Hydaburg. The Jury found that Macasaet strangled Guthrie, which caused her death. What makes this case stand out is that prior to her murder, Ms. Guthrie was strangled non-fatally on multiple occasions by Macasaet.

“Research indicates that if a woman survives a strangulation assault, she is associated to a great risk of being murdered. That happened here,” said Katie TePas, Domestic Violence and Sex Assault Program Coordinator for DPS. “We must always remember that research represents the experiences of actual people. Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and should never be trivialized.”

Strangulation can cause unconsciousness in a matter of ten seconds or less. It can lead to death in a matter of minutes. This tragedy is a reminder to all Alaskans the dangers of strangulation. Victims of non-fatal strangulation should always seek medical attention if they experience any of the following: difficulty breathing, speaking, swallowing, or experiencing nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, headache, involuntary urination, and/or defecation, especially pregnant victims. A medical evaluation may be crucial in detecting certain injuries and ultimately saving a life.

“To date, there is no scientific study that correlates the presence of physical signs with the seriousness of the strangulation,” said John Novak, Anchorage District Attorney. “Strangulation is a very dangerous and life-threatening event even when there are no visible injuries.”

Victims or witnesses are encouraged to report an incident to law enforcement as soon as possible. In addition to law enforcement, victim service providers (shelters) are available 24/7 to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. DPS will strive to provide education and resources to victims statewide in hopes of preventing other incidents of interpersonal violence.

DPS currently is providing training related to strangulation response and investigation to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, medical personnel and victim advocates across the state. The training focuses on how to appropriately identify and document incidents and related injuries in order to prepare cases for a successful prosecution and to save lives.

“We need to do better by victims,” said TePas. “Ms. Guthrie’s death should be a call to action to all professionals in the criminal justice system. No other family should have to experience the loss that Ms. Guthrie’s family is grieving.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic violence, a list of available resources is posted at https://dps.alaska.gov/CDVSA/Services/VictimServices.

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National Arson Awareness Week 2019

May 6, 2019 (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – This week the Division of Fire and Life Safety is calling attention to Arson Awareness Week. Today through Friday, May 11, the focal point for this awareness campaign is “Preventing Arson at Construction Sites.”
“A fire at a construction site can be a multimillion dollar loss,” said Fire Marshal Rich Boothby, Director of the Division of Fire and Life Safety. “Beyond that, a large construction fire can contribute to an economic crisis in a state with limited infrastructure such as ours. The effects can be long lasting and have negative ramifications beyond just the construction industry— from tourism all the way to the environment.”
Construction sites can be easy targets for thieves and arsonists. All community members can help to prevent arson at construction sites by being alert and aware of possible dangers. The United States Fire Administration recommends the following for contractors and residents.
Contractors:
  • Store solvents, fuels and tools in a locked storage container or remove them from the job site when you are not using them.
  • Notify local law enforcement of active construction projects and request additional patrols, if possible.
  • Remove trash and debris from the job site.
  • Try not to store excess materials on the job site.
  • Secure doors and windows on structures when crews are not actively working on the property.
Community members:
Become familiar with activities in your neighborhood and report odd or suspicious activities to your local law enforcement. Awareness is essential.
For accessible information please go here: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/arson_prevention_construction_sites.html
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