Troopers crack down on holiday drunken drivers

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said extra patrols will be on the lookout across the state for holiday revelers who drink and drive.

The extra patrols will be out this weekend and next as well as on New Year's Eve.

The effort is called ''Drive hammered, get nailed'' and is funded by a federal program that allows troopers and local police agencies to pay for the necessary overtime.

Maj. Doug Norris, the troopers deputy director, urged people to party responsibly. He said people should enlist a designated driver, stay the night or call a cab.

Last weekend and on Christmas Eve, law enforcement agencies across the state nabbed 30 impaired drivers.

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