Press Releases

08/24/15 DPS PR #15-025

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – For the next two weeks Alaska State Troopers will be patrolling day and night, keeping an eye out for impaired drivers. The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high visibility enforcement campaign, which started Aug. 19 and lasts through Sept. 7, is designed to discourage impaired drivers from hitting the highways. Troopers implore motorists to always keep safety in mind. If you have consumed anything that could impair your ability to drive any motorized vehicle, water vessel or aircraft, please change your plans. Find a sober driver, wait until you are no longer impaired before getting behind the wheel or call a taxi.

While Troopers will be doing their best to keep impaired drivers off the road, they also need the public’s assistance in getting the job done. Please encourage all your friends and family to make the important decision to only drive when sober. If you suspect a driver is impaired, please report them to law enforcement immediately. Think REDDI. Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by dialing 9-1-1. The more information the public is able to give law enforcement about the vehicle description and direction of travel the better. Examples of dangerous driving are impaired driving, unsafe or illegal passing, aggressive driving, texting while driving, drowsy driving, unsafe vehicles and threatening actions.

Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Funding for the focused highway enforcement was provided in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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07/14/15 DPS PR #15-024

Kenai Peninsula Personal Use Fishery Information

(KENAI, Alaska) – With this weekend’s influx of Alaskans that are expected to make an appearance on the Kenai Peninsula for the personal use fishery, Alaska Wildlife Troopers would like to pass on some friendly reminders for the people (not the fish.)  Once you arrive at the fishery – located on Kenai Beach a mile north and south of the river mouth and in the water in front of the mouth north of the Kenai boat harbor – please remain courteous and patient to motorists and fellow fishermen. With upwards of 35,000 permits issued, the fishery will be congested on land and water. If fishing from a boat, make sure you have all of the required boating safety equipment, especially personal flotation devices — many people this year have already been cited for not having required equipment. It is a good idea to wear you PFDS at all times when you’re around water because they’ve proven to save lives. Be courteous to other boaters and watch your wake.

There are several nicely maintained cleaning stations in the Kenai and Soldotna areas. AWT suggests you use one away from the fishery to reduce congestion. Regardless of where a fish is cleaned, remember to ensure the waste is properly disposed of. Leaving fish waste on the beach could result in a littering charge, it is also a nuisance to other people recreating in the area. If you dispose of fish waste in the river, try to ensure it gets out into the fast moving current and not into your neighbors’ net. Not getting it out into the fast water may result in the waste being washed ashore during the next tide cycle.
Common violations the AWT Troopers come across are during this fishery and others are:

  • Failing to record your catch on your permit before concealing your catch from view and or leaving your fishing sight.
  • Failing to mark personal use fish by clipping both lobes of the caudal fin before concealing your catch from view and or leaving your fishing sight.
  • Failure to obtain a personal use permit before fishing. It is required to possess, on your person, a Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit and valid 2015 Alaska Resident Sport Fish license while dip netting.
  • Keeping a prohibited species. Remember King Salmon, Dolly Varden and Rainbow trout my not be retained.
  • Non-residents may not participate in the Personal Use fishery. This includes driving a boat and handling the fish.

The traffic down to the Kenai Peninsula will likely be very congested due to the size of the run expected. Please be patient and courteous while traversing the highways to and from your destination. If you are traveling slower than the posted speed limit and slowing down traffic, please pull over in a pull out and let others pass. If you are passing, use extreme caution and common sense. There are stretches of the highway that are currently constructions zones, be cautious and patient in these areas. Plan a head of time to for delays to stay calm and practice safe driving behaviors at all times.
To report a violation, please call our dispatch center at (907)262-4453. The quicker the report is received the better our chances of catching the violator.

The Soldotna Wildlife Trooper Post can be reached at (907)262-4573. Call AWT to report a violation or to seek clarification on regulation. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game can also provide information of the regulations. ADF&G can be reached at (907)262-9368. Good Luck!
Click on these links for more information about the Kenai River salmon fisheries and its permits and regulations.
*If you would like to schedule an interview with a Trooper in Anchorage on Tuesday or on the Kenai Peninsula Wednesday through Saturday, please contact Megan Peters at 907-269-5413 to make arrangements.

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07/08/15 DPS PR #15-023

Fourth of July Weekend Enforcement Statistics

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers have completed the annual Fourth of July Holiday Weekend High Visibility Enforcement Effort, which ran from July 2 through July 6.

For period 7/2/2015 thru 7/6/2015:
   - 17 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests
   - 14 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
   - 209 REDDIs reported with 23 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
   - 22 damage only crashes 7 injury crashes and 1 fatal collision were investigated by troopers
   - Of the 609 citations issued, 376 were issued for speeding and 19 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations

Please continue doing your part in keeping our roadways safe by not driving impaired. Additionally, don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report any time of the year by calling 911. To learn more about REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml.

Funding for the High Visibility Enforcement Campaign was funded by grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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