Traffic Safety Laws in Alaska

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Helmet Laws


Licensed or endorsed riders under 18 years old are required to wear a motorcycle helmet. Any passenger, no matter the age, must wear a helmet.


No mandatory helmet law exists.


Cell Phone Laws

There are no driving restrictions regarding the use of cell phones. However, it is illegal to text while driving. This applies to all ages.

Headlight Laws

You must use your headlights:

  • Between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise.
  • When weather conditions limit visibility to less than 1,000 feet.
  • When driving on roads that require headlight use (Seward Highway).

Child Car Seat

  • All kids under 4 years old must be secured in a federally-approved child safety seat when riding a vehicle.
  • All kids above 4 years old must, depending on age and size, either ride in a secured child safety seat or wear a seat belt.

Unattended Kids or Pets in Cars

If you feel a child or pet has been left unattended in a car for an inordinate amount of time, especially during extreme weather conditions, dial 911 and remain at the vehicle in question until authorities arrive.

Reporting Drunk and/or Unsafe Drivers

Alaska law enforcement authorities strongly advocate the nation's Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately (REDDI) program. If you suspect someone should not be operating a vehicle, dial 911 immediately. In such instances it is better to err on the side of caution.

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