The most traveled holiday weekend brought an extra number of Highway Patrol troopers out to ensure safety on Utah Highways.
Despite this effort UHP troopers investigated three significant crashes. Two of these crashes involved impaired (DUI) drivers traveling the wrong way on divided highways resulting in head-on collisions. In both of these crashes several victims had to be air-lifted to local hospitals with life threatening injuries. A third crash was a single vehicle rollover involving a 26-year-old male that was fatally injured when he was ejected from his vehicle as a result of not wearing a seatbelt.
Over the weekend troopers contacted thousands of motorists resulting in the arrest of 71 DUI drivers. Along with those arrests we stopped hundreds of motorists for speed violations, seatbelt violations and drivers with children not in proper safety restraint devises (child car seats). UHP troopers also assisted nearly 600 motorists that had stopped or were stranded along the states roadways.
The year of 2012 can be the best year this state has seen for the reduction of fatal crashes to be less than 200. “We have not seen this much reduction in fatal crashes in Utah for more than a decade” said Highway Patrol Superintendent Daniel Fuhr. “Public awareness of obeying the speed limit and not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has significantly reduced the number of fatal crashes in Utah this year. We remain committed to educating motorists about the dangers of excessive speed, DUI and not wearing seat belts as the leading cause of death on Utah roadways.”
Motorists are 31 times more likely to die in a crash by not wearing a seatbelt than by any other cause. We admonish the public to please…buckle up!