FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks Police Department will use a $49,500 grant from the state Highway Safety Office and money from the city to provide $55,000 for overtime patrols starting Friday.
Fairbanks Police Chief James Welch said the grant will pay for efforts this winter and next summer to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers on local roads.
''There's never a time where there isn't an impaired person out on our roads,'' Welch said.
The enforcement will include sting operations at local bars and high saturation patrols on roads.
Welch said officers will check compliance at bars to make sure there aren't any minors or intoxicated people consuming alcohol.
The grant money will fund the efforts through September. The overtime will vary from week to week and will be greatest around holidays and other significant events.
''We felt that it was critical that we get the program on board before the holidays,'' Welch said. ''We recognize that problems tend to increase'' during the often stressful season.''
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