More officers for holiday patrols

Posted: Friday, December 20, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Troopers and other law enforcement agencies across the state are increasing the number of officers patrolling the roads during the holiday season.

Troopers will be stepping up their enforcement in an effort called ''Operation Care'' -- Combined Accident Reduction Effort.

The program started Friday and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Operation Care is a campaign designed to promote and maintain transportation safety on the nation's highways.

The weekend before Christmas is targeted because it's busy -- filled with last minute shopping, holiday parties and visits to family and friends -- and because it's also the weekend during which driver inattention, excessive speed and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs usually cause more traffic accidents, troopers said.

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