Alaska State Troopers increasing patrols over Independence Day weekend looking for impaired drivers

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Published: Jul. 3, 2021 at 4:02 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska State Troopers (AST) are increasing traffic patrols around Fairbanks in an effort to catch unsafe drivers around the holiday.

AST captain Mike Roberts says that this is part of a nationwide effort to stop impaired drivers. He said that during the Independence Day weekend there will be additional officers patrolling roads.

Roberts emphasized that AST wants people to have a happy, safe and healthy holiday weekend, and encouraged people to plan ahead so they don’t drive impaired.

Roberts also encouraged citizens to call troopers if they see a dangerous driver. “If you can follow at a safe distance, license plates and descriptions of a vehicle are fantastic, if you can follow at a safe distance. Obviously if the person’s turning off somewhere, or they are making turns or whatever, just keep driving. Don’t follow the person to a confrontation.”

Roberts also reminded people that drinking while boating is illegal, and to always wear a life vest while on a body of water. He says troopers will be patrolling popular waterways and issuing tickets for those in violation of life vest rules.

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