Alaskans Behind the Wheel
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the top three leading causes of fatal injuries in Alaska for nearly all age groups. However, motor vehicle traffic deaths are decreasing in Alaska. The current data shows a continuing trend of decrease in Alaska traffic fatalities from 2007 to 2012 with an exception of a upward spike in 2011. Emphasis on Safety Corridors, increasing seatbelt and car seat use, higher enforcement of impaired driving are all attributed to reducing motor vehicle deaths.
Alaska Injury Prevention Center and its partners work together to address driving issues such as seat belt use, impaired driving, teen driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and senior driving. Additional challenges for Alaskans include dangerous road conditions due to ice, darkness, reduced or no shoulder roads, as well as drowsy and impatient summer drivers.
Alaska has a ways to go toward Zero Deaths
Alaskans are polled on driving behaviors
A 2012 phone survey initiated by AIPC shows that getting hurt or hurting someone are the top two motivators in driving more safely.
Alaska Traffic Records Coordinating Committee
Anchorage is one of the first communities to join the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Safe Communities program and we work with a number of international, national, state and local partners to develop and implement new injury prevention programs.