Fairbanks Police give safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Memorial Day is right around the corner, and with Governor Dunleavy lifting most COVID-19 related restrictions, normal festivities may once again take place.

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The Fairbanks Police Department says that they expect people to be socializing and traveling over the long weekend. With the increased movement, they also say there are some things to watch out for to keep everyone having fun and being safe.

James Kuplick, an officer with FPD, reminds people that the rivers are still high and potentially dangerous, and to wear a life vest when you are near the water.

He also offered some other tips to have a successful, safe holiday. "Be careful for any drunk drivers. If you are going to be drinking, have a plan of how you are going to get home, prepare for that,” Kuplick said. “If you are going out of town, [if] you are going to go camping or hunting or fishing or whatever out of town, make sure that you are telling people where you are going [and] when you expect to be back, so that if you are not back at that point they know where to look for you."

Officer Kuplick encourages anyone who sees someone driving erratically to turn them in. He also said that FPD will be out patrolling and keeping everyone safe over the long weekend.

Most of all he said to be safe and have fun.

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