Added Patrol through the Holidays
Anchorage Police Department
December 19, 2013
Contact: Dani Myren
APD Public Affairs
Subject: Added Patrol through the Holidays
Thanks to a grant from the Alaska Highway Safety Office, Anchorage Police will be increasing patrol staffing through the end of the year.
The Alaska Highway Safety Office has provided funding to cover additional officers for High Visibility Enforcement for the period of December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014.
Increased details will be running Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through the end of the year, as well as New Years Eve; this ramped-up effort will be targeting impaired drivers.
Over Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14, the detail has already resulted in 14 Misdemeanor OUI (Operating Under the Influence) arrests, 1 warrant arrest, 1 suspended license arrest, and 28 citations.
The holiday season is often a whirlwind of fun and festivities, but party goers are encouraged to do their part by planning ahead and not driving impaired:
- If you know you will be drinking, have a plan for NOT driving. Use a designated driver or call a cab. Some local establishments provide free cab vouchers.
- Use Anchorage CHARR’s "Off the Road" program. There are currently 45 participating establishments in the program, including many popular downtown bars and restaurants. All you have to do is ask a bartender or server in a participating licensed establishment for the “Off the Road” service. The establishment calls a taxi with two drivers. At no cost to you, you ride in one taxi while another taxi driver follows you home driving your vehicle so you and your vehicle are returned home safely. For more information on the program call Anchorage CHARR at (907) 646-4628.
- Worried about leaving your vehicle? Now through January 2, 2014, Anchorage area residents who have imbibed too much to drive can take advantage of the Tipsy Tow program, sponsored by AAA and several local tow companies. This service provides a free ride home for both the impaired driver and his or her vehicle. To take advantage of this service, call AAA at (800) 222-4357.
- Live on JBER? JBADD has a program providing free shuttle service home to military personnel and their spouses. Military members can take advantage of this service by calling 384-RIDE (7433).
An OUI can be costly. A first time offender will serve 3 days in jail; their car will be impounded for 30 days and their license will be suspended for 90 days. A variety of costs are also incurred to include impound fees, attorney fees and mandatory SR22 insurance. A OUI is a criminal offense that becomes a part of your permanent record.
Worse yet, driving impaired could cost the ultimate price; the loss of your life or that of someone you love.