The Alaska Department of Public Safety has released its annual report on the holiday high-visibility enforcement efforts by State and Wildlife troopers. According to a Jan. 2 release by the Department of Public Safety, from Dec. 13, 2018 to Jan. 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 REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) alerts reported, with 15 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be driving under the influence
• 212 damage-only crashes, 18 injury crashes, and 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.
The enforcement campaign is part of an annual effort to remind Alaskans to drive sober and safely during the holiday season.
“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,” the Jan. 2 release states. “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.”
The campaign is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program, which was originally launched in 2012 and is spearheaded by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.