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.
     

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bobbing for apples said on Tuesday, Jan 7 at 11:29 PM

Sorry, my fault. 13 yrs.

bobbing for apples said on Tuesday, Jan 7 at 11:28 PM

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. THAT'S NOT A 20 YR LOW!! That is ONLY 14 yrs. Wow. Oh, and it's ONLY one year, that it's lower than. So nice to know that people didn't realize that. So with less than a week, and 4 fatalities already, we are on track to BREAK a record of fatalities. Oh, and if you noticed, I spelled FATALITIES correctly. Nice to know that SOMEONE is proof reading these before being posted. Does ANYONE do their own research, or you just post what they give you? Alaskans are NOT this stupid, but thanks for making them feel as such.

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