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.05 Frequently Asked Questions

December 12, 2018

The 2017 Utah Legislature passed HB155 “Driving Under the Influence and Public Safety Revisions.” The bill takes effect on December 30, 2018. The following information may be utilized to address inquiries about the new, lower BAC limit. Here are some frequently asked questions presented to our Department.  Below you can download a PDF of the […]

Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

November 13, 2018

There was a recent deadly week for kids at the bus stop. Tragedies in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Pennsylvania have left parents without children, and have drastically changed families, and communities across the country. The Utah Department of Public Safety is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to urge you to drive safely, […]

Halloween DUI Enforcement

October 26, 2018

With Halloween right around the corner and the World Series in full swing, some things you might see this weekend are witches, ghosts, ninjas, scary clowns, and Dodgers and Red Sox fans. One thing you will definitely see this weekend is extra police officers working DUI patrols. To help make sure everyone gets home safely, […]

Move Over Enforcement and Education Project

October 22, 2018

To help increase awareness of Utah’s Move Over law and the importance of giving emergency vehicles the room they need to work safely, the Utah County Section of the Utah Highway Patrol will be conducting a “Move Over” Enforcement and Education Project the week of October 22nd. The project aims to educate the public of […]

Assisting Our Neighbors In Utah County

September 20, 2018

During the recent fires that have devastated our neighbors in Utah County, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has helped residents  evacuate their homes and safely move livestock to a safer location. Our Department is humbled to provide residents assistance during the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires. We are also proud to work alongside […]

Top Five Most Common Car Seat Mistakes

September 18, 2018

Ahead of Child Passenger Safety Week, technicians will demonstrate how to correct the five most common mistakes parents make when traveling with their children in car seats.  To kick off Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, law enforcement, firefighters and health officials are encouraging parents to make sure their kids are safe in the car. Motor […]

UHP Urges Drivers: Get Out of Traffic After Minor Crash

August 28, 2018

Rules to follow after a minor crash and why it can save a life Troopers and first responders are willing to put their lives on the line to protect the lives of those in need, however, many times the risk posed to first responders is unnecessary. This is why the Utah Highway Patrol wants to […]

Information on German Citizen Involved in Hwy 89 Motorcycle Crash

August 10, 2018

A group of 8 motorcyclists were traveling east on SR-89. One of the riders remembered that he forgot a bag at the local McDonald’s restaurant so he caught up to the front riders and let them know that he was turning back. He told them he would catch up after he picked up his bag. […]

Utah hosted a FMCSA SPE class

July 31, 2018

Utah hosted a Federal Skills Performance Evaluation Training course this last week, the Skill Performance Evaluation program is for Commercial Motor Vehicle drivers who drive in interstate commerce. The SPE certification allows drivers with missing or impaired limbs to drive Commercial Motor Vehicles across state lines if they have been fitted with and are wearing […]

UHP Conducts Distracted Driving Operation

June 28, 2018

To help address the issue of distracted driving, the Utah Highway Patrol conducted a distracted driving enforcement project operation June 27, 2018. The operation included 6 Troopers, 3 spotters, and 1 driver that focused on distracted drivers in Salt Lake County. This took place on I-15, I-215, and I-80, and utilized a black sixteen-passenger van that […]

Safe Summer Driving

June 21, 2018

Today marks the official first day of summer. We know a lot of people will be hitting the road for vacation this summer, and just wanted to share some safe summer driving tips. Utah’s 100 deadliest days started over Memorial Day weekend, and to date, there have been 25 fatalities on Utah’s roads. We want […]

U.S. Attorney Huber Honors DPS Troopers and Agents for Impacting Drug Trafficking

May 31, 2018

U.S. Attorney John Huber and his office representing the District of Utah recognized the Department of Public Safety’s troopers and agents for their efforts on drug trafficking in Utah and Nationwide. “The Utah Highway Patrol has exceeded the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) expectations for the last five years. According to RMHIDTA […]

Don’t Let Summer Memories End Up in Tragedy

May 29, 2018

Historically, fatal crashes nearly double in the summer compared to the rest of the year. That’s why the days between Memorial and Labor Day get called ‘The 100 Deadliest Days.’ If we can get Utahns to improve their driving, walking, riding behaviors this summer, we will undoubtedly save lives. You can protect yourself and those […]

UHP To Participate in Border to Border Seat Belt Enforcement Operation

May 18, 2018

   Six States Join In One Concentrated Effort to Save Lives Border to Border Operation will focus on seat belt use across state lines On Monday, May 21st, the Utah Highway Patrol will join law enforcement agencies in its five neighboring states and across the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket “Border […]

2018 Click It or Ticket Campaign Kick Off

May 14, 2018

For Immediate Release: Saved by the belt – Family shares life-saving story to kick off annual Click It or Ticket Enforcement Utah joins border-to-border seat belt enforcement held May 21 – June 3 WHAT: Though Maia Florence had to push pause on her soccer career, she is feeling lucky to be alive. To kick off […]

Sunny Skies and Speed Can Be a Dangerous Combination

April 25, 2018

UHP conducting increased speed enforcement as 100 deadliest days of summer approaches. WHAT: It was just last week that we saw some snow here in Utah, but the Utah Highway Patrol is already setting its sights on summer. The start of the 100 deadliest days of summer is just a month away, and UHP is getting […]

3 Questions with Lt. Todd Royce

April 23, 2018

Utah Highway Patrol’s Lt. Todd Royce was recently featured on Fox 13’s ‘3 Questions with Bob Evans’. Their conversation included the bravery troopers have when stopping wrong-way drivers, family life and how to really get out of a ticket. To read the original story, click here.

The Consequences of Distracted Driving

April 14, 2018

*The images in this post were taken at a mock car crash and do not depict real victims.* The Utah Highway Patrol and local partners recently staged a mock car crash at Springville High School to give students closer look at the consequences of distracted driving. The head-on car crash included fake blood, broken windows, […]

Determined Trooper Stops Wrong Way Driver

March 21, 2018

This could have been much worse. We’d like to recognize trooper Stanford who put his life on the line to possibly save others. When dispatchers broadcast an attempt to locate a wrong way driver to our troopers, it’s a scary situation. But training prepares our troopers for unpredictable circumstances like these. The dash cam footage in […]

UHP Patrol Car Getting Hit for the Second Time & Updated Storm Totals

February 20, 2018

Storm totals from 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 18 to 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 20: Utah and Salt Lake Counties: 552 Davis County: 65 Weber County: 65 Combined total of 682 *No fatalities or major injuries Four UHP trooper patrol cars hit One UDOT IMT unit hit The dash cam video below shows UHP Sgt. […]

DPS and UDOT Release Preliminary 2017 Traffic Fatality Numbers

January 17, 2018

 On Wednesday, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) released preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2017 and kicked off a new safety campaign aimed at reducing distracted driving.  In 2017 there were 273 lives lost on Utah’s roads. That’s a 2.8% decrease in roadway fatalities from 2016 (281). These fatalities involved: […]

UHP and UDOT Provide Safe Winter Driving Tips

December 20, 2017

Weather Forecast Looks Somewhat Frightful, UHP & UDOT Hope Safe Winter Driving Tips Can Keep Holiday Travel Delightful Conditions could make for challenging commute on Thursday, frigid temps for holiday travel WHAT:  Media availability to discuss upcoming winter driving conditions and holiday travel. As we head into the long holiday weekend, the Utah Highway Patrol […]

DPS Releases 2017 Interdiction Totals

December 18, 2017

“All crimes, all threats, all hazards.” (SALT LAKE CITY)— The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Troopers and Agents had a busy year across the state of Utah. From arresting homicide suspects to seizing hundreds of pounds of drugs; there is no crime, threat or hazard DPS officers do not come across. In 2017, the Department […]

Family Shares the Devastating Impacts of Drunk Driving

December 15, 2017

Law enforcement will increase DUI patrols December 15th – January 1st to help everyone get home safely In 2015 a poor choice changed their life in an instant when a drunk driver hit and killed their 27 year-old son Michael. They don’t want other families to endure the same pain. “This did not need to […]

Utah Scout raises money to buy bulletproof vests for UHP K-9

November 28, 2017

Gavin Ritter, 13, of Syracuse, spent five months selling pizza cards, doing service projects and collecting donations, with a goal of raising $1,500. He ultimately totaled $3,200. Two Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) K-9s were the beneficiaries of his hard work. These efforts were part of Gavin’s Eagle Scout project. “I just like dogs, and I […]

Buckling Up This Holiday Season

November 14, 2017

To kick off Click it or Ticket enforcement, Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) troopers are encouraging Utahns to remind loved ones to buckle up. As part of this effort, troopers visited James E. Moss Elementary to share Alyson and Cortlen Simkin’s story, encouraging students to follow their example. When Alyson Simkins’ husband Michael wouldn’t buckle up, […]

How one picture can save a life this holiday season

November 13, 2017

Click it or Ticket enforcement, November 18 – December 1 WHAT: To kick off Click it or Ticket, Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) troopers are encouraging Utahns to remind loved ones to buckle up. As part of this effort, troopers visit James E. Moss Elementary to share Alyson and Cortlen Simkin’s story, encouraging students to follow […]

2017 Utah Seat Belt Use Survey Results

November 6, 2017

Since 1986, the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Highway Safety Office has conducted an annual seat belt observational study to determine the percentage of motorists who buckle up. This study has been the cornerstone for developing, implementing and evaluating occupant protection programs in the state. 2017 Utah Seat Belt Use Survey Report

UHP Conducts Distracted Driver Sting

November 6, 2017

Our Highway Patrol Troopers are always looking for new ways to inform the public. Recently they conducted a distracted driver sting, focused on educating drivers and disrupting the dangerous trend.

Halloween Pedestrian Safety Event

October 30, 2017

Walking Kids to School – One Huge Sign at a Time On Halloween, special signs will help escort students across a high-traffic intersection WHAT: It’s Halloween, and that means kids will be out trick-or-treating, increasing the risk they could be injured by a motor vehicle. To help remind drivers to be extra vigilant for pedestrians, […]

Halloween DUI Enforcement Media Advisory

October 25, 2017

This Weekend Will Include Many Halloween Parties as Well as Extra DUI Patrols Officers will be working DUI overtime shifts statewide to help keep Halloween revelers safe WHAT: Media Availability for Halloween DUI Enforcement Over the weekend and through next Tuesday, you’ll see everything from superheroes to scary clowns as Utahns celebrate Halloween. You’ll also […]

2016 Utah Crash Summary

October 11, 2017

The Utah Crash Summary, produced annually, identifies and describes the trends and effects of traffic crashes in Utah. The statistics within the Utah Crash Summary describe factors that contribute to the occurrence of crashes, and crash-related injuries and fatalities. The Utah Crash Summary provides an in-depth view of each year’s crashes, and details information regarding […]

UHP and UDOT Urge Motorists to Drive off Freeway after a Minor Crash

August 13, 2017

The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are urging drivers to drive off the freeway after minor fender benders. These types of crashes can cause major delays on the freeway and create safety issues. After a typical crash on a six-lane freeway where the involved vehicles pull onto the shoulder, traffic […]

DPS Agents are Searching for a Man Who Violently Attacked a Woman on I-80

July 13, 2017

The Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) needs help finding a male who violently assaulted a woman on I-80 last night. At about 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 a woman was violently assaulted on eastbound I-80 near the Lambs Canyon exit in Parleys Canyon. The man attempted to hold the woman […]

UHP Troopers Save Woman

March 22, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21, Utah Highway Patrol Corporal Swallow and Trooper Funk saved a woman’s life while on patrol on the east side of Salt Lake County. Their quick thinking and response allowed them to successfully deescalate the incident. Troopers initially received a call from a woman threatening to jump off an overpass bridge on […]

St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness Media Event

March 17, 2017

It’s a big weekend in Salt Lake City – St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness! St. Patrick’s Day brings many people to their favorite pub for a pint, while the NCAA tournament brings sports fans to their favorite bar to cheer on their alma mater or to Vivint Home Arena where first and second round […]

Utah Highway Patrol 2017 Strategic Plan

February 3, 2017

Read about the Utah Highway Patrol’s goals and initiatives for 2017.

2016 Utah Highway Safety Office Enforcement Report

January 20, 2017

2016 UHP Annual Report

January 3, 2017

Read about the Utah Highway Patrol’s progress on its goals and initiatives from 2016.

Day In Court – DUI Consequences

October 24, 2016

Drinking and driving is dangerous and deadly. And it’s 100% preventable. To help people understand the many negative consequences of drinking and driving, we created five new videos which we’ll be sharing and promoting on our social media channels. You can help us spread the word – share these videos with your family and friends […]

Jail Time – DUI Consequences

October 24, 2016

Drinking and driving is dangerous and deadly. And it’s 100% preventable. To help people understand the many negative consequences of drinking and driving, we created five new videos which we’ll be sharing and promoting on our social media channels. You can help us spread the word – share these videos with your family and friends […]

Under Arrest – DUI Consequences

October 24, 2016

Drinking and driving is dangerous and deadly. And it’s 100% preventable. To help people understand the many negative consequences of drinking and driving, we created five new videos which we’ll be sharing and promoting on our social media channels. You can help us spread the word – share these videos with your family and friends […]