Alaska State Troopers made 49 DUI arrests over the course of their holiday high-visibility traffic enforcement campaign.
During the focused traffic enforcement effort, which took place from Dec. 11 to Jan. 1, state and wildlife troopers issued 954 citations statewide, according to a Jan. 3 press release from the Department of Public Safety.
Of those citations, 377 were issued for speeding and 24 were issued for seat belt or other occupant restraint violations. Troopers made 48 misdemeanor DUI arrests and one felony DUI arrest, and 43 drivers were charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license. Troopers received 29 Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately (REDDI) reports, with eight of those drivers contacted and determined to not be driving under the influence.
Troopers also investigated 166 damage-only crashes, 16 injury crashes and four fatal collisions.
Funding for increased highway patrol efforts came from the National DUI Events High Visibility Enforcement Campaign, and funds are issued through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.