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Holiday weekend enforcement nets handful of DUI arrests

Posted: November 30, 2011 - 11:21am

The November holiday DUI focused patrol effort has concluded. Alaska State Troopers conducted enhanced patrols surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday, from Nov. 14 through 27. 

During the effort, troopers issued the following citations and charges:

• 43 DUI arrests;

• 43 drivers charged with driving while license suspended or revoked;

• 22 additional drivers contacted who were Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately reports and ultimately determined not to be DUI;

• 225 vehicle collisions were responded to, none of which resulted in serious injury or fatality;

• 628 citations issued, 175 of those for speeding and 24 for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.

These focused enforcements are intended to boost public awareness regarding the dangers and potential consequences of impaired driving, according to a troopers press release. 

Over Thanksgiving weekend — Nov. 24 through 27 — troopers reported seven DUI arrests on the Kenai Peninsula. 

An 18-year-old Voznesenka resident was charged with a DUI and minor consuming alcohol on Thanksgiving. An additional two passengers were charged with minor consuming alcohol. 

A 30-year-old Ninilchik resident was arrested for DUI driving while license is revoked and driving in violation of a license limitation (ignition interlock device). He was also charged with two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. 

Additional DUI arrests by troopers occurred in Anchor Point, Homer, Sterling and the Kalifornsky Beach area.

The ramped up enforcement by troopers was focused on DUI enforcement for both alcohol and drugs. All arrests were alcohol related, according to the reports. 

The Kenai Police Department and the Soldotna Police Department reported no DUI arrests.


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jlmh 12/01/11 - 01:36 pm
Actually, REDDI stands for

Actually, REDDI stands for Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately. Other drivers can't tell if someone is drunk; they can only tell if they're driving dangerously. They could be drunk, high, texting, distracted or just crummy drivers.

Are we supposed to be proud of the 24 citations for improper restraints? Seems petty. If it's about safety awareness, then advise them and let them go. It's probably about funding.

Why not post the names of the DUI offenders, instead of just their locations?

akmscott 12/01/11 - 06:08 pm
It's all about the money

It's all about the money people!SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!

akdave 12/01/11 - 09:29 pm

Originally started out as Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately. It was changed in 2010 to report every dangerous driver.

What money Scott? Have you ever gone and sat in the courthouse and watched traffic court? The judges ALWAYS dismiss 3/4 of the fines and almost ALL of the lesser charges. I sat in the court room one morning from 8-noon as an observer and witnessed 121,000 dollars in fines get suspended and over 33 years of much-earned jail time dismissed while the judge sat there, not looking up at all, with his hands on his forehead, staring at something on his desk. Our court system here is screwed, we CAN get away with murder here with the judges we have.

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