Don’t Push Your Luck St. Patty’s Weekend - APD Ramps Up DUI Enforcement
Anchorage Police Department
March 12, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Castro
APD Public Information Officer
Subject: Don’t Push Your Luck St. Patty’s Weekend - APD Ramps Up DUI Enforcement
The Anchorage Police Department will have five additional officers on patrols this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, strictly for DUI enforcement. The additional patrols are provided by funding from a grant from the Alaska Highway Safety Office. Additional patrols will be implemented Friday, March 14, 2014 through Monday, March 17, 2014.
Last year, APD made 30 DUI arrests during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, with 18 of those arrests occurring on St. Patrick’s Day. If you plan to drink – plan not to drive.
Some Options for Getting Home Safely:
· 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 dozens of 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? Some local tow companies will take you and your car home for a flat fee.
· Live on JBER? JBADD has a program providing free shuttle service to military personnel and their spouses. Military members can take advantage of this service by calling 384-RIDE (7433).
In addition to DUI patrols, the Anchorage Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association (APCAAA) DUI detection volunteers will be helping police locate suspected impaired drivers this weekend. The APCAAA DUI detection volunteers have helped police make 33 DUI arrests since the start of the program in August of 2013. They have also volunteered more than 2,200 hours in helping keep our streets safe.
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