Alaska Highway Safety Office Holds Strategic Traffic Enforcement Partnership Summit
(JUNEAU Alaska) - The Alaska Highway Safety Office hosted its fifth annual Alaska Strategic Traffic Enforcement Partnership Summit in Anchorage last week.
The annual event, held April 21-23, provides state and local law enforcement agencies an opportunity to share ideas for promoting and enforcing traffic safety laws in Alaska.
During the summit, Frank Richards, Deputy Commissioner of Highways and Public Facilities for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) presented awards to Anchorage Police Department officers Charles Reynolds and Steve Faagau and Fairbanks Police Department officers Allen Brandt and Ron Dupee for dedication with enforcing impaired driving and primary seatbelt laws.
Municipality of Anchorage prosecutor Seneca Theno and Fairbanks Assistant District Attorney Renner Eberlein were recognized for educating and supporting fellow prosecutors in the adjudication of impaired driving offenders.
Department of Health and Social Services Coordinator Gordon Glaser was recognized for his dedication to child passenger safety awareness and education between 1993 to 2010.
Alaska signed an agreement with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) July 1, 2005 to become one of 15 states with a Strategic Traffic Enforcement Partnership (ASTEP) Program to reduce deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers and to increase compliance with Alaska's primary seat belt law.
ASTEP's strategy is to place extra enforcement in areas where it is needed the most to remove drunk or impaired drivers from Alaska's roads by using a combination of law enforcement and traffic crash data. Since 2005 traffic fatalities have declined from 73 to 64 and traffic injuries have declined from 5,974 to 4,642, while seatbelt use increased from 78.4 percent to 86.1 percent.