Ask a Trooper

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2001

Question: I am amazed both at the number of hitchhikers I see on the roads and at how young they are. I recently saw a boy who looked about 12 trying to thumb a ride. This can't be legal, can it?

Answer: Yes, it is. The only law in Alaska covering hitchhiking is 13 AAC 02.180, which is so vague that it is almost unenforceable. It says in part that a person cannot solicit a ride in a manner that may distract a driver's attention. There are no age limits on hitchhiking, but I, like you, am amazed that some parents can be so out of touch that they either don't know or don't care that their child is hitchhiking.

If you have questions that you would like to ask a trooper, please send them to: Alaska State Troopers, 4060 Heath St., Homer, AK 99603. Or you can e-mail them to

The Alaska State Troopers remind you to always wear your seat belt. It's the law.

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