A Thrill that can Kill – APD Officers Catch Top Speeders
Anchorage Police Department
February 25, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Castro
APD Public Information Officer
Subject: A Thrill that can Kill – APD Officers Catch Top Speeders
Each year, the Anchorage Police Department recognizes officers with the most citations issued for vehicles traveling more than 100 mph through STOP (Serious Traffic Offender Program).
In 2013, a total of 108 citations were issued by APD officers for drivers going faster than 100 mph. APD Officers Thomas Gaulke and David Noll tied in 2013 for issuing 23 citations each for drivers going over 100 mph.
The fastest speeding citation was issued for a driver going 145 mph. The driver was impaired with a BrAC of .179 and was arrested for DUI. Other top speeds caught by police radar include 122 mph and 125 mph.
This year, APD tracked a new traffic citation category: drivers who are cited for going 35 mph or above the posted speed limit. The highest speeding citation issued in this category was by APD Officer Alan Skaggs to a driver going 92 mph in a 45 mph zone. In 2013, a total of 42 citations were issued to drivers going 35 mph or more over the posted speed limit.
Some Other Interesting Speeding Citation Facts:
- 89% of the drivers were male
- 90% of the stops were made using radar
- Of these stops, nine of the drivers were arrested for DUI (the highest BrAC was .239)
In 2013, APD officers issued 22,791 traffic citations. We’d like to remind drivers to always wear their seatbelts, drive safely and be REDDI (report every dangerous driver immediately).
Prevent Getting a Ticket
- Pay attention to construction zones.
- Get there safely - don’t speed, follow too closely or drive while distracted (behaviors that often lead to traffic collisions).
- Slow down or move over when passing emergency vehicles on the side of the road.
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