Alaska State Troopers increase patrols for Fourth of July holiday weekend

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Troopers will maintain increased, high-visibility patrols on Alaska’s highways this Fourth of July holiday weekend to prevent fatal and serious-injury crashes through robust DUI enforcement.

    According to Captain Tony April, Commander of Alaska State Troopers “B” Detachment, there will be a focus on DUI enforcement for both alcohol and drugs, they will also watch for aggressive driving, distracted driving, speeding and people not wearing their seatbelts.

    The increased patrols will run from July 1 through July 5.

    “As we approach Independence Day and many Alaskans take to the highways, please stay out from behind the wheel if you have had intoxicating substances,” April said. “Call a cab, call a friend, call a family member or responsible adult, there is no excuse for putting yourself and everyone else on the road at risk by driving under the influence. Your safety and the safety of others are paramount, you have options. The theme for this year’s holiday enforcement effort is 'Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving; Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over; Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over; If You Feel Different, You Drive DiffereTroopers Increase Patrols for July Fourth Holiday Weekendnt.' Alaskans can help keep our roadways safe by not driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or any other substance that can cause impairment or drowsiness."

    Additionally, motorists witnessing others driving dangerously are encouraged to make a report by calling 911.

    Traffic fines are doubled in construction zones and safety corridors.


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