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Trooper Lorring on patrol in Seward.

Trooper Lorring on patrol in Seward. (View larger version)

Photograph by PSG Films/ Tom Turner

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  • There were 15,273 traffic accidents on Alaskan roadways during 2001—1,146 more than were reported in 2000. Eighty accidents reported fatalities.

  • Reckless and dangerous driving causes most of the major accidents on Alaskan highways. On the Seward Highway, the leading causes of fatalities were failure to keep in the proper lane, speeding, and impaired drivers.

  • Thousands of poachers are arrested every year in the U.S., but even so, wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally, another is killed illegally.

  • Groups in Alaska that help the hungry can salvage moose meat from vehicle and railroad collisions. These organizations can request placement on a list that’s maintained by the Alaska State Troopers and others in public safety. When a dead moose is found, the organization comes in and takes as much meat as they can.

  • Between 1982 and 2010, there were 156 reported ATV deaths in Alaska alone.

  • Responding to calls involving domestic violence often puts Troopers in dangerous situations, because suspects and victims can be emotional and out of control.

  • ATV’s are a convenient way to travel, but can be extremely dangerous for younger riders. In the U.S. every year, children under age 16 are the victims in nearly 40 percent of all ATV-related injuries and deaths.

  • There are more than 9 million registered ATV’s in the U.S.

  • The southern end of the Seward Highway allows hikers to trek in the Exit Glacier area of Kenai Fjords National Park—and see a glacier up close!

  • Alaska’s legendary expanses of open lands and wildlife surround the Seward Highway, and much of the space above the highway lies within the 495,000-acre Chugach State Park and forest. There are over fifty glaciers in Chugach Park.

  • The Seward Highway winds from Anchorage to Seward, taking visitors through saltwater bays, glaciers, ridges, fjords and alpine valleys.

  • From Anchorage to Girdwood, the Seward Highway borders Turnagain Arm and Chugach State Park. From Girdwood to Seward, it travels through the Chugach National Forest, just 500 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

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