Troopers on alert for dangerous driving

Troopers: Plan to have a designated driver, stay the night, or call a cab.

Alaska State and Wildlife Troopers will be conducting increased enforcement efforts on the highways this holiday season.

From Dec. 11 to Jan. 1, 2020, troopers will be on the lookout for motorists driving impaired, speeding, driving aggressively or driving distracted and enforcing safe seat belt usage, according to a Wednesday press release from the Department of Public Safety.

“Ultimately, our goal is to reduce the number of major-injury or fatal collisions on Alaska roads to zero,” B Detachment Deputy Commander Lt. Freddie Wells said in the release. “The holidays are a joyous season; people are busy traveling to shop or gather with family and friends. We want to do all we can to help Alaskans reach their destinations safely.”

Troopers remind motorists to always wear seat belts and never drive impaired.

“Anyone who celebrates with alcohol or marijuana should plan to have a designated driver, stay the night, or call a cab,” Wells said.

Motorists who see someone driving dangerously are encouraged to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately (REDDI) by calling 911.

Funding for increased highway patrol efforts come from the National DUI High Visibility Enforcement Campaign with funds issued through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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