Troopers Ramp Up Patrols To Prepare for Independence Day
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Troopers will conduct enforcement efforts to ensure that people in Alaska will safely enjoy the Fourth of July holiday and surrounding weekends.
Alaska State Troopers will mostly be out on the roads enforcing traffic laws and responding to calls for service. Meanwhile, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers will focus on contacting people out hunting or fishing.
Regardless of what your ultimate plans are for the weekends or holiday on Wednesday, Troopers encourage you to always practice safe driving behaviors on the roads while traveling to and from your destination. AST believes highway traffic will be particularly heavy on the Seward Highway and Sterling Highway due to numerous events on the Kenai Peninsula, such as the Girdwood Forest Fair and Mount Marathon in Seward, and people heading to popular fishing spots. The Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol will be conducting overtime patrols to keep the expected traffic influx moving safely up and down the highways. Troopers will be looking for aggressive, distracted and impaired driving. The enhanced enforcement starts this weekend and runs to July 8.
Troopers encourage people to make safety their number one priority. Driving with headlights on at all times is an effective way to ensure you are seen. Headlight use is required when within safety corridors or where posted. Please move over for emergency vehicles during traffic stops and pull over to allow vehicles to pass when five or more are behind them while driving under the posted speed limit. And as always, Troopers also encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 9-1-1.