December 19 - December 21, 2003
December 18, 2003
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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