Under the authority of Article III, Section I of the Constitution of the State of Alaska and AS 44.19.025, I hereby establish the Highway Safety Planning Agency within the Department of Public Safety.
Creation of the Highway Safety Planning Agency is necessary because AS 44.10.025 has authorized and directed the Governor to do all things necessary on behalf of the State to secure the full benefits of the Federal Highway Safety Act of 1966, (P.L. 89564, 80 Stat. 731) to improve the highway safety of the State. Furthermore, AS 44.19.025 has designated the Governor as the official ultimately responsible for the highway safety programs pursuant to the Highway Safety Act of 1966 and authorized and directed him to coordinate the activities of any and all departments and agencies in the State and its sub-divisions for such purpose. The Highway Safety Planning Agency is therefore necessary to establish a formal organization and delegate thereto certain of the Governor’s powers and authority for the execution of highway safety programs pursuant to the Highway Safety Act of 1966.
The Highway Safety Planning Agency is established as follows:
- The Agency shall be within the Department of Public Safety, headed by a director and shall be staffed by such other officers and employees as said director may from time to time appoint according to law.
- The director of the Highway Safety Planning Agency shall possess all powers and authority necessary to carry out the responsibilities entrusted to the Governor by AS 44.19.025, and the director is hereby authorized to exercise such power and authority in complying with the intent of AS 44.19.025. The powers and authority hereby delegated to the director may be redelegated within the Highway Safety Planning Agency.
- All departments and agencies within the Executive Branch of the State government shall cooperate with the director of the Highway Safety Planning Agency in the performance of the director’s highway safety functions provided herein to the full extent permitted by law.
This Order takes effect on September 1, 1976.
Done at Juneau, Alaska, September, 1976.
S/S Jay S. Hammond
Jay S. Hammond
Governor of Alaska