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Holiday weekend enforcement nets handful of DUI arrests

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The November holiday DUI focused patrol effort has concluded. Alaska State Troopers conducted enhanced patrols surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday, from Nov. 14 through 27. 

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During the effort, troopers issued the following citations and charges:

• 43 DUI arrests;

• 43 drivers charged with driving while license suspended or revoked;

• 22 additional drivers contacted who were Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately reports and ultimately determined not to be DUI;

• 225 vehicle collisions were responded to, none of which resulted in serious injury or fatality;

• 628 citations issued, 175 of those for speeding and 24 for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.

These focused enforcements are intended to boost public awareness regarding the dangers and potential consequences of impaired driving, according to a troopers press release. 

Over Thanksgiving weekend — Nov. 24 through 27 — troopers reported seven DUI arrests on the Kenai Peninsula. 

An 18-year-old Voznesenka resident was charged with a DUI and minor consuming alcohol on Thanksgiving. An additional two passengers were charged with minor consuming alcohol. 

A 30-year-old Ninilchik resident was arrested for DUI driving while license is revoked and driving in violation of a license limitation (ignition interlock device). He was also charged with two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. 

Additional DUI arrests by troopers occurred in Anchor Point, Homer, Sterling and the Kalifornsky Beach area.

The ramped up enforcement by troopers was focused on DUI enforcement for both alcohol and drugs. All arrests were alcohol related, according to the reports. 

The Kenai Police Department and the Soldotna Police Department reported no DUI arrests.

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