Slow down, or pay a hefty fine

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 23:00
APD increasing enforcement on Glenn Highway

Glenn Highway commuters are urged to slow down or else pony up a traffic fine.

Anchorage Police Department is ramping up enforcement along the Glenn Highway during morning commuter hours in efforts to enforce safe driving.

Officers will provide additional enforcement between 5:30 and 8:30 a.m. along the Glenn Highway.

Officers will specifically focus on speeders, vehicles following too closely, cars failing to properly signal a lane change, and other traffic violations.

APD issued 45 traffic citations in the first two days extra traffic enforcement on the Glenn Highway.

A total of 23 citations were written on Thursday, April 10 during the morning commute – six of those were for drivers speeding 10 to 19 mph over the posted speed limit.

A speeding citation was issued last week for a driver traveling 105 mph in a 65 mph zone.

“One thing we notice after speaking with drivers is by not having to travel on snow and ice, some drivers think it will take them less time to get to their destination. They end up running late and then try to make up the difference by speeding to work,” APD Patrol Officer David Noll said. “We want all drivers to arrive alive by driving safely. We write tickets to hopefully change bad driving behavior.”

Since the beginning of this year, more than 700 traffic citations have been issued to drivers on the Glenn Highway from Anchorage to Eklutna and there have been 76 vehicle collisions.

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