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Troopers work to curb aggressive driving in Alaska

By Shannon Ballard Photojournalist: Rachel McPherron - 6:34 PM July 12, 2014
GIRDWOOD –

At least 35 people have died in vehicle crashes on Alaska roadways since the beginning of 2014.

The latest addition to this alarming statistic happened near mile marker 88 just a few days ago, when a 34-year-old Wasilla woman was killed.

Sgt. Michael Zweifel with the Alaska State Troopers responded to the scene.

“When you get called to that crash that’s happened on the highway, usually you know it’s going to be bad because it involves speed, and then when you arrive on scene and see the catastrophe that’s just happened, it’s devastating to see,” Zweifel said.

The Department of Public Safety just released a video in a statewide effort to curb major injury and fatal accidents.

“Aggressive driving won’t save you as much time as you may think,” the video states. “For example, driving 10 miles over the speed limit from Potter Marsh to Girdwood will only save you four minutes.”

The video’s message is simple: Saving a few minutes isn’t worth scaring, hurting or possibly killing yourself or someone else.

“We would really like people to watch that PSA, take it to heart,” Zweifel said.

It’s not something to be taken lightly, not when lives are at stake.

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