Too, too fast

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 23:00
APD officers catch top speeders
Anchorage Police Department officers recognized by the department for catching speeders, left to right, David Noll, Michael O’Connor, Gordon Korrell, Mark Fortunato, chief Mark Mew and Matthew Tarbox.

Each year, the Anchorage Police Department, via the STOP (Serious Traffic Offender Program), recognizes officers with the most citations issued for vehicles traveling more than 100 miles per hour.

In 2013, 108 such citations were issued. Officers Thomas Gaulke and David Noll tied for issuing the most citations, at 23 each.

The fastest speeding citation was issued for a driver going 145 mph; the driver was also impaired with a breath alcohol content of .179 and arrested for driving under the influence. Police radar also nabbed speeders at 122 and 125 mph.

This year, APD tracked a new traffic citation category: Drivers cited for going 35 mph or more above the posted speed limit. The highest speeding citation issued in this category was by officer Alan Skaggs to a driver going 92 mph in a 45 mph zone.

In 2013, a total of 42 citations were issued to drivers going 35 mph or more over the posted speed limit.

Of those ticketed for speeding, 89 percent of the drivers were male and 90 percent of stops were made using radar. Of these stops, nine of the drivers were arrested for DUI and the highest breath alcohol content rate was .239; the legal limit in Alaska is 0.08.

APD officers issued a total of 22,791 traffic citations in 2013.

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