Anchorage police will patrol for DUIs and fireworks over holiday

Anchorage police say they are stepping up patrols looking for drunken drivers over the July 4 holiday week. They also are reminding residents that fireworks are banned in the city.

Increased DUI patrols started Wednesday and will continue through the weekend, police said. Four additional officers will be on patrol Thursday, with five additional officers Friday and Saturday. An Alaska Highway Safety Office grant is paying for the patrols, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said.

Alaska State Troopers say they also will be on high visibility patrols over the long weekend.

"Speeding, reckless and aggressive driving, driver inattention and failure to wear seat belts or use child safety restraints all contribute to injury and death on Alaska's roads," troopers said.

As to fireworks, anyone violating the city law banning possession and sale can be fined $300 and also be held responsible for any damage that results from setting them off, Anchorage police said.