Troopers to expand drunken-driving prevention efforts for Thanksgiving

Alaska State Troopers are preparing to ramp up anti-impaired driving efforts over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

They will be conducting extra enforcement efforts focusing on both alcohol and drug use while driving from Nov. 14 through Nov. 27, an information release stated. Funding for the added enforcement was paid for in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

In Southeast Alaska, troopers in Juneau, Haines, Klawock, Ketchikan and Petersburg were all allocated overtime for the added traffic enforcement, Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Megan A. Peters said.

The aim is to be proactive in looking for drivers under the influence, instead of focusing on responding to calls, she said.

Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills said JPD would not be participating in a special blitz over the holiday weekend, but that every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, between 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., there are a minimum of eight JPD officers on patrol — double the amount of a normal shift.

Last year, no one was arrested for driving while intoxicated over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to JPD Daily Bulletin archives.

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