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Operation CARE In Effect Over Holiday Weekend


July 01, 2004

Alaska - Traditionally, the Fourth of July holiday is one of the most active weekends of the year, and one of the holidays during which Alaskans head for the roads and waterways. Last year, statewide there were 23 motor vehicle collisions. Around the state from Fairbanks to Ketchikan, Troopers made 22 DUI arrests, issued 319 citations for speeding, and 8 safety belt and child restraint citations and warnings over the holiday enforcement period.

Col. Julia Grimes, Director of the Alaska State Troopers said, "By using common sense, being patient, and by showing consideration for other drivers, we can reduce traffic accidents and make this July 4th holiday fatality-free." She continued, "Operation CARE will be in effect over this well-traveled holiday. Federally funded overtime will make it possible for us to put more troopers on the road for enforcement of the speed, safety belt, child restraint, impeding, and DUI laws. This is our warning to those traveling that we will be actively looking for aggressive drivers, and those who pass illegally and drive dangerously." Col. Grimes said, "Remember the basics of safe highway and water travel. Make sure you're well rested before you drive, and allow extra time to reach your destination. Drive sober, obey posted speed limits, and everyone should buckle up every trip. On the water, remember to boat sober and wear a personal flotation device."

The Alaska State Troopers will again participate in Operation CARE, along with other law enforcement agencies in the United States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, the Ontario Provincial Police, and the Quebec Police Force in Canada.

Operation CARE, the Combined Accident Reduction Effort, is an international law enforcement effort focused on reducing human suffering on our highways, particularly during the national holidays. It began 27 years ago when Sgt. Gary Ernst of the Michigan State Police and First Sergeant Gene Neff of the Indiana State Police launched the campaign. These two men dedicated their careers to the preservation of life through highway safety measures, Operation CARE was formed as a multi-jurisdictional program of patrol, enforcement, and planning activities committed to the goal of accident reduction. Operation CARE in a combined effort to deter the three key causes of highway fatalities: speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.


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Alaska Department of Public Safety
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