Joyce Vick Selected to Serve as Governor’s Highway Safety Representative
JUNEAU, Alaska – The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) announces the appointment of Joyce Vick as the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative for Alaska. Vick will oversee the Alaska Highway Safety Office (AHSO) that coordinates federal and state highway safety programs.
Alaska’s safety program focuses on seven main priorities: Impaired Driving, Seatbelt Usage, Speeding or Aggressive Driving, Distracted Driving, Motorcycle Safety, Teen Drivers and the Designated Safety Corridors.
AHSO partners with communities through grants and shared technical assistance and relies heavily on a strong partnership with the Department of Public Safety. The state’s safety office also is responsible for recording and analyzing the state’s motor vehicle crash fatalities.
“I am really excited and looking forward to the challenges of this job,” said Vick who will start her position April 2, 2012. Vick is a longtime Alaskan and an experienced grant accountant.
“She has the skills we were looking for to carry out the responsibilities of this essential position,” said Jeff Ottesen, Director of Program Development at DOT&PF. “Safety is a key element in our mission and this job plays an important role in our department.”
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Get Alaska Moving by providing for the safe movement of people and goods and through the delivery of state services.