Troopers plan extra patrols for holiday weekend

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Alaska State Troopers plan to be out in force this weekend as Alaskans take to road for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Troopers said they expect heavier than normal traffic on the state's major highways, especially those leading to the Kenai Peninsula and the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.

They plan to be on the lookout for people driving under the influence, passing illegally, speeding or otherwise not driving safely, said Greg Wilkinson, a spokesman for the troopers.

Overtime hours are being paid for partly through a ''Click It or Ticket'' seat belt enforcement grant, so when troopers pull drivers over for any reason, they'll issue tickets if seat belts are not worn.

Last year, troopers arrested 10 motorists for DUI, issued 647 speeding citations and warnings, and gave out 135 safety belt and child restraint tickets or warnings. They responded to nine highway collisions with no fatalities.

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