Anchorage Police and Alaska State Troopers will increase patrols on our state’s roadways this weekend ahead of the Labor Day weekend.
APD will have five extra officers working, while AST will continue aggressive enforcement of seat belt and DUI violators.
"A lot more parties, long weekends, which usually means, a little more celebrating, a little more drinking, which always makes DUI's high,” said APD Officer Kelly Huston.
Huston’s beat includes downtown and her work week runs from Thursday through Sunday, which means she usually sees her fair share of domestic disturbances, DUI and drug related offenses.
“I always like to give people that chance, to be polite and nice and courteous, because that's what I like to do until it no longer warrants that I'm nice anymore,” said Huston.
Traffic is expected to be heavy on the Glenn Highway as people take in the final weekend of the state fair.
Not everyone is taking a leisurely drive this weekend.
“We're trying to get people to the airport,” said Eric Ronnenberg. “Pick them up and bring them back and get it done before the real traffic hits, the rain or darkness.”
Ronnenberg was traveling from Seward to Anchorage Friday afternoon.