One year and counting...

Every year thousands of people die in alcohol related traffic accidents, still more suffer life-altering injuries and countless others are impacted by the devastating after-effects. Tragically, these accidents could have been avoided by making the choice to NOT DRIVE while impaired.

In 2011 the Anchorage Police Department investigated 16 serious traffic accidents in which alcohol and/or drugs was deemed a contributing factor; two of those accidents resulted in fatalities. The last alcohol related traffic fatality in Anchorage occurred on April 30th, 2012 when a black SUV struck the Muldoon JBER gate. It was later determined that the female driver, who died on-scene, had a blood alcohol level of almost 3 ½ times the legal limit.

While Anchorage Police arrested over 1,800 drivers last year for Operating Under the Influence (OUI), thankfully Anchorage has not seen another alcohol related fatality since April 30th, 2012. Let's continue the trend, Anchorage. Before you get behind the wheel, make the choice of a lifetime: DO NOT DRIVE impaired.