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Story Last modified at 10:34 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2010

APD speed-busters include some locals

Alaska Star staff

The Anchorage Police Department's leaders on this year's "100 mph board" include a number of Eagle River officers or officers who regularly patrol the Glenn Highway.

Anchorage police track their arrests for speeding, particularly drivers caught driving in excess of 100 mph. There's no trophy or prize for posting top numbers, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said in a statement, "just bragging rights and the satisfaction of knowing you have kept the public safe."

During the 2010 driving season, Anchorage police said they cited 64 drivers for speeds in excess of 100 mph. These citations were issued by 20 officers and the fines for those violations came to $34,484.

The leader on the "100 mph board" was Officer Noel Senoran with 13 citations. Second place went to Officer David Noll with eight citations. Two tied for third place: officers Tom Gaulke and Mark Fortunato, with five citations each. Three tied for honorable mention: officers Roger Nelson, Rick Dykstra and Matt Tarbox with four citations each. Other officers who qualified for recognition were: Chris Ritala, with three citations; Jacob Heer, Shane Pollock, Craig Evans, Charles "Chip" Robertson, Damon Jackson and Derek Sitz with two; and Dave Delesline, Steve Buchta, Charles Lochart, Steve Dunn, James Conley and Lt. Bill Richardson with one. The "Top Speed Award" went to Dykstra who cited one motorcyclist for driving 134 mph in a 55 mph construction zone, which carried a fine of $1,906.

Studies since the 1960s consistently have shown that the probability of having an accident with serious injury or death increases dramatically at higher speeds, according to Parker.

The penalty for getting caught driving 100 mph in a 65 mph zone is a fine of $430 and six points.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, December 2, 2010.

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