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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2017
Press Release: 17-1017
Contact: Shannon McCarthy, 907-269-0448, shannon.mccarthy@alaska.gov

DOT&PF Reminding Alaskans to Drive Safely, Drive Sober
Transportation engineers join law enforcement to increase highway safety in Alaska

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) –Transportation officials and law enforcement are joining together to ask the public to practice safe driving habits this Fourth of July weekend, including driving sober, wearing seatbelts and minimizing distractions.

The July Fourth weekend has the highest vehicle fatality rate of the year, with alcohol playing a significant role in these crashes. Fatal and serious injury crash rates have increased in 2017, both in Alaska and nationwide.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities reminds the public that the most important piece of safety equipment in any vehicle is the driver.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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