January 07, 2004
"Although there are still drivers who choose to take the risk and drive after drinking, we think that a lot of people are getting the message that it's just not worth it," said Colonel Julia Grimes, director of the Alaska State Troopers. "We hope that people who made the extra effort during the holidays will continue the practice of not drinking and driving. It is just as true today as it was over the holidays, if you drive hammered you'll get nailed."
According to information provided by the AST, between December 19th and January 4th, Alaska State Troopers made 67 arrests for Driving Under the Influence.
No arrests were reported by troopers in A Detachment (Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska).
Forty-seven of the arrests were made during the period between 12/24/03 and 01/04/04. During the same period in 2002 there were only 34 DUI arrests made statewide.
According to the AST, troopers on patrol noted that there were more designated drivers on the road over the holiday enforcement period. Troopers made only legitimate traffic stops for driving or equipment violations.
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