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As of 2/8/15

Highway Safety Initiative

As Alaska continues to make progress on its journey Toward Zero Deaths, I want to remind all Alaskans to continue your efforts to improve safety on our roads. Whether you are getting in your car to drive to work, riding your bicycle to school, or crossing the street to go to the movie, it should be our goal for everyone to make their journey safely because everyone counts on Alaska’s roadways.

The Alaska Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) provides a framework of strategies and actions representing a compre­hensive, multidisciplinary approach to reducing our most serious highway safety problems.In this 2013 Revision to the SHSP, formerly known as the Strategic Traffic Safety Plan (STSP), we have taken strides to reorganize the framework to clearly involve the 4 Es of safety - Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Response.  We also have integrated guidance from the Federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP‑21) to ensure Alaskan highway safety programs will meet or exceed requirements, enhance our data systems, and strengthen performance metrics.

I want to thank the many safety stakeholders and leaders from across the State who have continued their involvement in the SHSP by providing input on strategies and actions, determining appropriate performance metrics to measure our progress, and organizing events and meetings. You may never know whose life you save or what injury you prevented, but know your efforts make a difference.

Let us continue this remarkable journey and remember again what other goal could we have on our roadways but zero!


Patrick J. Kemp, P.E.
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities


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