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AHSO's Mission:

"To enhance the health and well being of Alaska's people through programs aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries on Alaska's highways."

Tanana Bridge, Tok
Tanana Bridge, Tok
Photo by Jim Fehrenbacher, Alaska DOT&PF
Dalton Highway
Miles and miles of the Dalton Highway.
Photo by Rebekah Cadigan,
Alaska DOT&PF
Russian River
Russian River
Photo by Lavonne Rhyneer,
Alaska DOT&PF


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The Alaska Highway Safety Office (AHSO) coordinates highway safety programming focused on public outreach and education, enforcement, promotion of new safety technology, integration of public health strategies, collaboration with safety and private sector organizations and cooperation with state and local governments. AHSO administers federal funding to appropriate projects through a grant awarding process.

The AHSO has six main priority areas:

  1. Impaired Driving Countermeasures
  2. Occupant Protection
  3. Speeding and Aggressive Driving
  4. Motorcycle Safety
  5. Traffic Records Data System Improvement
  6. Other areas including:

The AHSO staff works with our partners in communities to develop strong projects with the message of Highway Safety for all Alaskans. We are also responsible for providing technical assistance to grantees and ensuring compliance with federal program regulations and guidelines.

The AHSO is also responsible for counting and analyzing the State's motor vehicle crash fatalities through the Federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) program. In 2014 Alaska had 73 traffic-related fatalities in 68 fatal crashes. Preliminary reports show that in 2015 there were 65 fatalities in 60 fatal crashes.


Fatalities and Fatal Crashes as of August 24, each year 2011 through 2015.  2011: 52 fatalities in 46 fatal crashes, 2012: 33 fatalities in 31 fatal crashes, 2013: 36 fatalities in 34 fatal crashes, 2014: 38 fatalities in 36fatal crashes, 2015: 43 fatalities in 40 fatal crashes.


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Alaska’s Observed Seat Belt use rate has increased 13.9% from 78.4% in 2005 to 89.3% in 2015.