Ferry system ends free ride program for officers

Oct 14, 2013 -- 11:00am
- KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - The state ferry system has ended a program which allowed uniformed and armed officers to ride for free. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://is.gd/EQ7eCY) the Alaska Marine Highway System stopped offering free rides Sept. 30. Previously, Alaska State Troopers and U.S. Forest Service officers could ride the ferries for free as long as they wore their uniforms during the voyage. The intent was that the presence of an officer on board could provide a restraining influence on unruly passengers. A transportation department spokesman says the ferry system has been under pressure from state lawmakers and some members of the general public to end free ridership programs. Plus, there could be liability issues for the state.

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