Anchorage police say they wrote more than 800 tickets during a recent "Click it or Ticket" campaign, which ran from May 19 to June 1. Police issued 212 of those citations to drivers not wearing seatbelts or not using a proper child restraint.
Under municipal code, drivers who fail to buckle up are subject to a $60 fine. If a minor younger than 16 isn't wearing a seatbelt, the cost for the driver soars to $200.
In all, police worked 257 hours, pulling over motorists to enforce Alaska's seatbelt law. In addition to the seatbelt citations, Anchorage officers made 43 arrests during the two-week detail including arrests for drunk driving, warrants, suspended licenses and no insurance.
The Anchorage Police Department's traffic unit is now focusing its efforts on the Glenn Highway during the morning commute. Police are patrolling the highway for speeders and reckless drivers, as well as commuters ignoring the "Move Over Law," which applies to drivers who fail to vacate the closest lane when passing stationary emergency response vehicles, including police vehicles. According to the law, if a driver is unable to move over, they must "slow down to a reasonable speed," according to a department press release.
Police are encouraging drivers to buckle up and are continuing the ongoing REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) campaign by calling 911.