Press Releases

 07/08/14 DPS PR #14-024

Independence Day Weekend Enforcement Round Up

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Bureau of Highway Patrol Traffic Teams kept busy this past holiday weekend watching the roads and meeting motorists statewide. From July 2 through 8:00 o’clock yesterday morning, troopers were conducting a focused enforcement effort aimed at getting motorists to follow the rules of the road.  From 07/02/14 at 0001 hours through 07/07/14 at 0800 hours, troopers took the following actions:

  • 20 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 1 felony DUI Arrest
  • 17 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
  • 182 additional drivers contacted who were reported as REDDI reports and ultimately determined not to be DUI
  • 22 damage only crashes, 3  injury crashes and 0 fatal collisions were investigated by troopers
  • Of the 1351 citations issued, 759 were issued for speeding and 97 were issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations

    “For the Kenai Peninsula we had a huge increase of motorists on our roads driving to and from events and campgrounds,” said Alaska State Trooper Captain Andrew Greenstreet of E Detachment. “While we had a lot of contact with motorists, we are fortunate that there were no fatal traffic collisions on the Kenai Peninsula during the enforcement effort. Summer time, in general, draws big crowds down to the Peninsula as the camping and fishing are incredible. We really urge drivers to continue to be mindful of their safety and to be well rested and take breaks while they are driving to avoid any type of fatigue.”

    Please remember that regardless of what your ultimate plans for any celebration, Troopers encourage you to always practice safe driving behaviors when getting behind the wheel or handlebars. The first step is by clicking your seat belt or wearing a helmet or life jacket when applicable. And as always, Troopers also encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 9-1-1.

    Funding for the focused highway enforcement was provided in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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    07/03/14 DPS PR #14-023

    Boating Safety Checks Continues During Fisheries Enforcement This Holiday Weekend

    (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – With another successful Operation Dry Water out of the way, Alaska Wildlife Troopers will continue to spread the message of boating safety while doing fisheries enforcement over what is expected to be a busy holiday weekend full of frivolity and fishing on Alaska waterways.

    This weekend, there will be a robust presence throughout Alaska as Alaska Wildlife Troopers check to see if people are adhering to commercial, personal use, subsistence, or sport fisheries regulations to help ensure equality for the different resource users. If unsure of regulations in an area you wish to fish, contact the local Alaska Wildlife Troopers or Alaska Fish and Game office. In addition to the fisheries patrols, Troopers will be continuing last weekend’s effort to make sure boaters are complying with boating safety laws and not boating under the influence.

    Every year, Operation Dry Water is conducted before the Fourth of July holiday in order to raise awareness of boating safety issues with the goal of reducing the incidence of collisions, injuries, and fatalities involving boaters.  The initiative also seeks to foster a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water. Especially in Alaska, alcohol is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boating deaths. Four of the nine boating deaths last year had alcohol involvement and one was unknown, according to the Alaska Office of Boating Safety. Four were wearing life jackets. Take the pledge to wear a life jacket, at http://pledgetolive.org/ 

    In Alaska, the 37 participating wildlife troopers conducted the following activity during Operation Dry Water June 27-30:
          Contacted 686 vessels and 2,211 operators
          No operators were arrested and charged with BUI during the focused AWT patrol
          Issued 33 citations and 106 warnings for boating offenses, ranging from operating an unregistered power vessel to failing to have life jackets or other required safety equipment aboard their vessel
          Issued 56 citations for fishing offenses during their patrols
          Encountered three offenses of minor consuming alcohol
          Investigated a report of a stolen watercraft

    Areas patrolled during Operation Dry Water included lakes and rivers of the Matanuska and Susitna valleys; rivers along the Kenai Peninsula; salt waters in the Kachemak Bay, the Prince William Sound, between Kodiak and Ouzinkie and around the communities in Southeast Alaska; the Kuskokwim River from Bethel to Aniak; the Yukon River from Paimute to Grayling; and lakes and rivers near Fairbanks.

    Operation Dry Water is organized nationally by National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). For more information, go to http://www.operationdrywater.org/ .

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    07/02/14 DPS PR #14-022

    Troopers Ramp Up Patrols For Independence Day Weekend

    (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Troopers will hit the roadways and waterways to help ensure people safely enjoy the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend. Alaska State Troopers will mostly be out on the roads enforcing traffic laws and responding to calls for service while Alaska Wildlife Troopers will focus on contacting people out fishing or recreating around Alaskan lakes, rivers and seas.

    Starting today and running through July 7, Alaska State Troopers will be conducting overtime patrols to keep the traffic influx moving safely up and down the highways. Since highway traffic is expected to be heavy on the Seward and Sterling highways due to numerous events on the Kenai Peninsula, the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol will be conducting focused patrols in these areas looking for poor driver behaviors like aggressive and distracted driving. Meanwhile, Alaska Wildlife Troopers will focus on fishing enforcement patrols with special emphasis on boating safety laws and boating under the influence this weekend in addition to checking whether people are complying with fishing regulations.

    Along with other driver behavior issues, part of this effort to decrease the number of fatal and serious injury crashes is boosting public awareness regarding the dangers of impaired driving. The latest public service announcement called “DUI Western” can be viewed on the Alaska Department of Public Safety website or YouTube:
    DUI Western July 2014 (.wmv)
    http://youtu.be/yQkQm_CiA88
    Regardless of what your ultimate plans are for the holiday weekend, Troopers encourage you to always practice safe driving behaviors when getting behind the wheel or handlebars. The first step is by clicking that seat belt or wearing a helmet or life jacket when applicable. And as always, Troopers also encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 9-1-1.

    Funding for the focused highway enforcement was provided in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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