5 things to know about Anchorage's 2018 Annual Traffic Report
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?
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.
While the crashes increased dramatically, the number of injuries did not appear to be impacted.
3. Operating under the influence
Operating under the influence (OUI) was suspected in about 5% of collisions in 2018.
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 Anchorage Traffic Department also notes a slight uptick in suspected instances of OUI from 2017.
According to the data, crashes involving speeding or driving too fast for road conditions are on a downward trend.
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.
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.
Copyright 2019 KTVA. All rights reserved.
MORE NEWS FROM KTVA: