Travel Tuesday: Law enforcement to ramp up patrols on Memorial Day weekend
Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage police both say they will be ramping up traffic enforcement throughout the holiday weekend.
According to a report comparing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Alaska ranks among the top 10 states for Memorial Day weekend accidents — ranking seventh in terms of incidents per capita during that period.
During last year's Memorial Day weekend, APD says it made a total of 482 traffic stops, issued 235 citations — many of which were for speeding — and made seven arrests. A spokesperson for the department says the most dangerous behavior officers tend to see is speeding and illegal or unsafe passing on the Seward Highway.
Officials say they want to remind Alaskans to have a plan for getting home safely. If holiday celebrations include alcohol, police ask that you have a designated driver, a place to spend the night or call for a ride home. Troopers will also be keeping an eye on seat belts this week, as part of their participation in the national 'Click it or Ticket' campaign, which runs through June 2.
While you'll see more troopers on the road this holiday, officials say don't hesitate to make a Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately (REDDI) report any time of the year by calling 911.
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