Alaska State Troopers to increase patrols for Fourth of July weekend
Alaska State Troopers (AST) will have more patrols on the roads in Fairbanks during the 4th of July weekend.
Using money from the federal High Visibility Grant, AST will schedule more troopers than usual on the roadways. They will be on the lookout for impaired driving. According to troopers, this is a policy enforced during holidays which are associated with higher amounts of intoxication.
Meanwhile, according to a press release, Alaska Wildlife Troopers will have more patrols on waterways, watching out for compliance of boating safety laws and “boating under the influence.”
Alex Valdez has been a state trooper for a year and a half. He said, “[Over] the Fourth of July we see a high increase in numbers of motor vehicle collisions, as well as impaired driving.” He added, “It’s Fourth of July. Everybody wants to go out and have fun, so people will be out doing fireworks, drinking, having fun.”
According to Valdez, signs that troopers look for when identifying intoxicated drivers include swerving, inability to maintain one’s lane, not completely stopping at stop signs, running red lights, and generally erratic driving.
Troopers are encouraging the community to be on the lookout for impaired drivers. “Alaska State Troopers want to make sure you have a safe, fun weekend, and if you notice any impaired driving, you’ll contact us,” Valdez said.