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March 2013 Archives

Lawmakers want new protocols to reduce bike, pedestrian accidents

In recent weeks, we have talked about national car accident rates and pedestrian accidents. It is a growing concern both here in Anchorage and across the nation because, after years of decreasing accident and traffic fatality rates, things have normalized and, in some cases, gone the other way.

31 percent of 2011 traffic fatalities were tied to drunk driving

According to data from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 31 percent of 2011 traffic fatalities in the United States were related to drunk driving. The state of Alaska came in under that rate, with only 28 percent of traffic deaths related to drunk driving -- however, from 2010 to 2011, the number of traffic fatalities related to drunk driving increased.

Soaring teen traffic fatality rate has safety officials concerned

In this age of cell phones and GPS systems, you would think that it is a dangerous time to be out on the road. Actually, to the contrary, car accident rates had been declining over the past decade -- until recently. Many drivers -- here in Alaska and in the Lower 48 -- find it acceptable to whip out their cell phone and text away while sitting behind the wheel of a car.

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