Troopers launch holiday blitz against drunk drivers

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2002

Alaska State Troopers, along with municipal law enforcement agencies, have increased patrols targeting drunk drivers during the holidays.

The trooper blitz, called "Drive Hammered-Get Nailed," went into effect last weekend on the Kenai Peninsula, in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, around Fairbanks and in Southeast Alaska, according to troopers.

"This was a very successful start to our impaired driving blitz," said Maj. Doug Norris, troopers deputy director.

"We like to think that every drunk driver we get off the roads makes everyone that much safer," Norris said.

Troopers on the Kenai Peninsula recorded three driving-while-intoxicated arrests during the weekend. According to Lt. Chuck Bartolini, of E Detachment in Soldotna, extra people have been put on duty or have been working extended shifts.

"We're looking for DUI drivers," said Bartolini.

"And, we have a zero tolerance for seat belt violations," he said.

Bartolini said the drunk-driving blitz involves all trooper posts on the peninsula including Soldotna, Homer and Seward, and includes the E Detachment posts at Girdwood and Kodiak as well.

"We're encouraging people to wear seat belts, and absolutely not drink and drive," Bartolini said.

The "Drive Hammered-Get Nailed" program is part of a nationwide campaign spearheaded by the National Highway Safety Admini-stration that runs through Jan. 4.

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