Ice and Snow – Take it Slow
Fourth Week of Alaska Highway Safety Month Reminds Drivers to Use Caution
(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Drivers are reminded to drive slowly in icy, snowy conditions. The Alaska Highway Safety Office (AHSO), in the fourth week of promoting November as Alaska Highway Safety Month, is promoting the theme: “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.”
Winter in Alaska generally means ice and snow. “It is important,” says Cindy Cashen AHSO Administrator, “to recognize that weather affects roadways and people need to slow down, leave more space between vehicles, and drive with your headlights on so people can see you—all the time.”
Governor Parnell has proclaimed November as Alaska Highway Safety Month to promote driver safety, increase driver awareness and reduce traffic crashes. Serious injuries and deaths have social and financial repercussions that extend far beyond the incident. The AAA states traffic crashes have an annual $300 billion societal cost.
Direct costs are medical, mental health, emergency response services, law enforcement services, judicial services and property damage; indirect costs are premature deaths, lost productivity, absenteeism, economic development, quality of life and other intangible losses. “Safety is important to all of us,” said Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Marc Luiken. “Driving safely can mean saving the life of your loved ones as well as yourself.”
The Alaska Highway Safety Office is coordinated by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. For more information visit: www.dot.alaska.gov/ahso
The Alaska 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 ADOT&PF is to “Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”