Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska State Troopers are halfway through their Holiday High Visibility Enforcement effort across the state.
So far, troopers report 18 misdemeanor DUI arrests, five drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, 137 damage-only crashes, 13 injury crashes -- and two fatal collisions that were investigated by troopers. Of the 428 citations issued, 148 were issued for speeding and seven issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.
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.