Juneau Police Department Sgt. Shawn Phelps grilling up some burgers at the mobile command post, which was set up at Eagle Beach over Memorial Day weekend for added enforcement. (Photo courtesy of the Juneau Police Department)

Juneau Police Department Sgt. Shawn Phelps grilling up some burgers at the mobile command post, which was set up at Eagle Beach over Memorial Day weekend for added enforcement. (Photo courtesy of the Juneau Police Department)

Juneau Police ramp up enforcement during Memorial Day weekend, report one DWI arrest

The Juneau Police Department ramped up its patrols over the Memorial Day weekend and installed its Mobile Incident Command Post at Eagle Beach from Saturday night through Monday morning to provide a very visible presence — and to offer up hot dogs and hamburgers to visitors.

The end result was positive — Memorial Day and graduation weekend concluded without any serious accidents in Juneau, reported department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara in a press release. JPD provided extra enforcement to locate intoxicated drivers, as well as drivers violating the speed limit, not wearing seatbelts or violating other traffic laws. A portion of the funding for extra enforcement was provided through a grant from the State of Alaska Highway Safety Office.

JPD officers conducted 39 traffic stops, resulting in 26 traffic infraction citations being issued, one DWI arrest and one minor consuming citation, Kalwara reported. Four motor vehicle accidents were reported, with none involving injuries.

During that time period, JPD responded to 218 calls from the public; in addition to the 39 traffic stops, officers generated another 116 incidents.

Officers spent time patrolling areas frequently used for underage drinking parties by minors, Kalwara wrote in the release, adding, “We are thankful for the community members and parents that spent time chaperoning safe and healthy events.”

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