Two dozen people died in traffic collisions in Alaska's largest city last year, while hundreds more were injured. Now, the Municipality of Anchorage has released its 2018 Annual Traffic Report

Here are five things to know about traffic in Anchorage: 

1. Who is most at risk? 

Pedestrians weaved in and out of traffic on Northern Lights Blvd. near Spenard Rd. on August 8, 2019, failing to use a nearby crosswalk. (Rachel McPherron / KTVA)

According to the report, pedestrians are the most at risk group on Anchorage's roadways. In 2018, one in 29 collisions involved a pedestrian, and one in 16 of those crashes resulted in a fatality.

One in 41 collisions involved a bicyclist, while one in 53 involved a motorcyclist. However, motorcyclists sustained more serious injuries and had a higher fatality rate. 

Overall, four in 11 collisions in Anchorage resulted in an injury or fatality last year, with a total of 24 people dying in traffic collisions. 

2. First winter snow and drivers 

For the first time, the annual report looked at weather patterns as they relate to traffic. The data shows a significant spike in collisions around the first cold snap of the year. 

The 2018 Traffic Report shows a spike in collisions during the first cold snap of the year. (Courtesy: Anchorage Traffic Department)

While the crashes increased dramatically, the number of injuries did not appear to be impacted.  

The Anchorage Traffic Report shows changes in the weather did not correlate with the number of injuries reported. (Courtesy: Anchorage Traffic Department)

3. Operating under the influence 

Operating under the influence (OUI) was suspected in about 5% of collisions in 2018. 

 

Operating under the influence was only suspected to be a factor in five percent of collisions in 2018. (Courtesy: Anchorage Traffic Department)

A total of 366 collisions were reported to be suspected of involving an impaired operator. Five of those resulted in a fatality and 26 resulted in a major injury. 

 

The data shows a slight uptick in instances of OUI in Anchorage in 2018. (Courtesy: Anchorage Traffic Department)

The Anchorage Traffic Department also notes a slight uptick in suspected instances of OUI from 2017. 

4. Speeding 

According to the data, crashes involving speeding or driving too fast for road conditions are on a downward trend.  

 

Collisions involving unsafe speeds are on a downward trend. (Courtesy: Anchorage Traffic Department)

5. Texting and driving 

After a spike in 2014 and 2015, it appears collisions related to the use of electronic devices is also on a downward trend. 

 

Collisions related to the use of electronic devices are also down. (Courtesy: Anchorage Traffic Department)

There were a total of 4,163 collisions in Anchorage in 2018. 

To find out how Anchorage compares to the rest of the country and for more Alaska specific data, like information on moose vs. vehicle accidents, you can view the full report online

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