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Operation CARE Holiday Lifesaver Weekend:
December 19 - December 21, 2003


December 18, 2003
Thursday - 12:45 am

The last "Operation CARE" (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) enforcement weekend for this year begins at 12:01 a.m. this Friday, December 19th, and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 21st. The Alaska State Troopers will join forces with state and local law enforcement agencies across Alaska and the nation in this special Operation CARE pre-holiday safety enforcement effort. Operation CARE is an international campaign designed to promote and maintain transportation safety on the nations highways. In addition to troopers working their regular shifts, two troopers in B (Palmer/Mat-Su), D (Fairbanks/Interior) and E (Girdwood/Kenai Peninsula) Detachment, and one trooper from A (Southeast), and C (Western Alaska) Detachment will each be working a minimum of 5 hours of overtime per day. (A total of 120 hours of overtime)

The last weekend before the Christmas holiday is usually filled with last minute shopping, holiday parties, and visiting family and friends. It is also the weekend during which driver inattention, excessive speed, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs usually cause more traffic accidents. Last year during this enforcement period, there were 23 collisions, 27 DUI arrests, and 1 fatality. Troopers wrote 105 citations or warnings for speeding and issued 15 safety belt/child restraint citations.

Colonel Julia Grimes, Director of the Alaska State Troopers said, "We are joining in this unified, nationwide effort to focus on driving behaviors that kill thousands of people every year across the nation; they' re not just local problems." Grimes said, "We will target drunk drivers and DUI laws, and enforce the speed, safety belt, child restraint, and impeding laws. Our goal is a safer holiday for everyone. Adverse weather can also result in hazardous road conditions. Use safe and defensive driving techniques and be prepared for changing road conditions. This will help you reach your destination safely. And remember, buckle up's your best defense against a drunk driver."



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