WHEREAS, Alaska’s roadways provide enjoyment and necessary transportation for Alaskans and visitors, who routinely travel for work, school, and pleasure, with the justifiable expectation of respectful and considerate treatment from fellow drivers; and
WHEREAS, driving while impaired endangers the lives and safety of all who use public roadways and annually claims the lives of thousands of men, women, and children. The consequences of drunk driving are severe, but entirely avoidable by simply choosing not to get behind the wheel while impaired; and
WHEREAS, alcohol-impaired driving remains a commonly committed crime and a leading cause of death nationwide, permanently scarring countless families, loved ones, and communities; and
WHEREAS, all alcohol-related driving accidents can be prevented through the exercise of good judgement and personal responsibility. Every Alaskan can play a role in reducing the frequency of these incidents by speaking out and warning others of the dangers associated with impaired driving, taking away the keys of would-be drivers they know to be intoxicated, and reminding drivers they are riding with to stay focused on the road and to limit distractions; and
WHEREAS, we remember and honor the lives of the Victims of Drunk Driving whose lives were cut tragically short. We recognize that all life is precious, and it is crucial that all Alaskans protect their own lives, and the lives of their fellow Alaskans, by choosing to not drink and drive.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael J. Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim July 3, 2019 as:
Drunk Driving Victims’ Remembrance Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to honor the victims of drunk driving accidents by committing to safe decisions and not driving while impaired, or allowing someone else to.