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AST: Troopers did not make any DUI arrests on 4/20

Alaska State Troopers and Wildlife Troopers issued 56 citations and investigated three vehicle...
Alaska State Troopers and Wildlife Troopers issued 56 citations and investigated three vehicle crashes on 4/20.(WCAX)
Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 12:33 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska Department of Public Safety highlighted the state’s special traffic enforcement effort against impaired driving on April 20, which is a day some people consider a cannabis-oriented holiday.

The department issued a release Friday morning stating that Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued 56 citations and investigated three vehicle crashes.

The release said troopers did not make any misdemeanor DUI arrests or felony DUI arrests. Only one driver was charged for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

The three crashes troopers investigated resulted in zero injuries or deaths.

Of the 56 citations troopers issued that day, 28 were for speeding and seven for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.

State troopers gave the public notice about the special enforcement effort on Monday — one day before 4/20. The release warned people not to drive impaired and to expect more police presence on Alaska roadways Tuesday.

“Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only illegal, but it puts the lives of everyone else on the road in jeopardy. If you choose to consume intoxicating substances, always arrange for a sober driver, or stay the night instead of risking your life and freedom,” said Colonel Bryan Barlow, director of the Alaska State Troopers, in the release. “For those that choose to get behind the wheel while impaired, the Alaska State Troopers will find you and you will be held accountable.”

The agency’s funding for increased patrol efforts like Tuesday comes from grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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