DOT says driving safety has improved in Alaska

Officials say 2013 marked a 20 year low for vehicle fataliaties across the Last Frontier.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Officials say 2013 marked a 20 year low for vehicle fataliaties across the Last Frontier.

 
According to the Department of Transportation, the decline comes from the four E's: Education, Enforcement, Engineering, and Emergency services.
   
Last year, the DOT says there were 40 fatal crashes, resulting in a loss of 50 lives.
     
This number is half what it was in the year 2000.
 
Yet, less than one week into the new year there have already been 4 fatalaties.
 
"We can do better as a department but also as a state but everyone in Alaska can do better to improve their driving habits and to maybe slow down during the winter months. It's incredibly unfortunate to see," says Jeremy Woodrow, a specialist with the DOT.
 
Officials say Alaskan drivers are becoming increasingly cautious. Seatbelt usage is the highest it's been at 86 percent, and alcohol related fatalaties across the state are declining.