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DUI arrests made on New Year’s Eve

By Joe Vigil 10:46 AM January 1, 2014

Citizen DUI task force goes after New Year's drunk drivers.

ANCHORAGE- Nine people in Anchorage were arrested for drunk driving Tuesday night.

One of the arrests came from an initial report by the citizen DUI task force, said Jennifer Castro of the Anchorage Police Department.

This is the first time the DUI task force has patrolled on a weeknight. Four teams in their own cars looked for erratic driving and then called 911 if they suspected a driver is drunk.

The citizen DUI task force was set up this summer after a wave of suspected DUI deaths, including two 15-year-old girls who were hit at 88th Avenue and Abbott Street while walking home.

Task force members feel pretty good about their results so far. ”We’ve got 25 arrests right now. Our teams, the same people are going together. Things are getting well oiled. We really have it, we’re getting it down,” said Nick Hornshuh, volunteer with the task force.

APD has ten officers out  who are focusing solely on DUI enforcement.

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