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Winter Driving Conditions Reminder – Slow Down, Move Over for Vehicles on the Shoulder

January 27, 2021

With snow, ice and winter weather back in the forecast, the Utah Highway Patrol is reminding drivers that it’s more important than ever to slow down and move over for vehicles on the shoulder. Winter in Utah has been mild so far, but snow is back in the forecast. Ice and snow means the roads […]

New Year, Same Message: Start Your New Year Right – Drive Sober

December 29, 2020

A year with many changes will end – and a new one will begin – with a constant: increased DUI enforcement WHAT: In a year when almost everything has been different, one thing that has remained the same is Utah law enforcement’s commitment to stopping impaired drivers. On this New Year’s Eve, just like previous […]

Increased Impaired Driving Enforcement Happening in December

December 14, 2020

For Immediate Release Increased Impaired Driving Enforcement Happening in December  Increased DUI shifts aimed at preventing impaired driving this holiday season WHAT: Media are invited to interview Colonel Rapich and Lieutenant Street as they discuss enforcement efforts happening this holiday season. Utahns can expect to see an increase in statewide DUI enforcement from December 16th […]

Dashcam captures head-on collision where seat belts saved lives

November 17, 2020

Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement happening November 16-29 WHAT:  Media are invited to hear from crash survivors Jillian White and Ty Bolton who credit their seat belts for saving their lives when a wrong-way driver hit their vehicle. The couple hopes their story will encourage travelers to buckle up this holiday season and […]

Border to Border Seat Belt Enforcement Kicks Off Click It or Ticket Campaign

November 13, 2020

For Immediate Release: Beginning November 16th, Utah DPS is launching “Border to Border” seat belt enforcement with a Click It or Ticket Campaign aimed at holiday road travel. UHP partnering with neighboring states’ police to encourage Utahns to buckle up Salt Lake City, Utah – On November 16th, the Utah Highway Patrol will join law […]

Seven Utah County Law Enforcement Agencies to Participate in Covert Distracted Driving Enforcement

October 29, 2020

STATS FROM THE OPERATION Read a story about the enforcement from here: What: Utah County Law Enforcement Officers will utilize an unmarked van with spotters sitting inside looking for violations of Utah’s distracted driving laws. Violations will be called out to nearby marked units who will take appropriate enforcement action to educate or cite […]

2020 Child Passenger Safety Week

September 17, 2020

For Immediate Release Free car seat checks and an updated website mark this year’s CPS Week Parents can locate inspection stations and seat belt safety resources at SALT LAKE CITY (September 16, 2020)—Child passenger safety (CPS) week is September 20-26, 2020. With 60 percent of car seats not installed correctly, this week is dedicated to […]

Increased Enforcement for Labor Day Weekend

September 3, 2020

Extra shifts will focus on impaired driving, seat belts, speeding and distracted driving.   Media Contact: Lt. Nick Street, Utah Highway Patrol – PIO, 801.554.5659     Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of summer. And while many people are making plans for travel and a final weekend of fun before fall arrives, we’re […]

Utah’s Drowsy Driving Awareness Week 2020

August 17, 2020

  The third full week in August has been designated as Drowsy Driving Awareness Week in Utah, so we’ll be sharing information about the dangers of drowsy driving and how everyone can help prevent episodes of it. WHO During 2019, male drivers were two times more likely to drive drowsy than female drivers.  For the […]

4th of July Enforcement Plans

July 1, 2020

Home Safely What are your 4th of July plans? Our plans for the 4th include working extra shifts with the goal of helping to make sure everyone to gets where they’re going and gets home safely. Increased Enforcement Extra DUI, Seat Belt, Speed and Distracted Patrols Will Be Worked Statewide Over 240 Extra DUI Shifts […]

DPS Reminds Utahns to Make Safe Driving a Priority This Memorial Day Weekend and Throughout the Summer

May 21, 2020

With school ending, national parks opening, virtual graduations being held and COVID-19 restrictions easing, we know a lot of people will be hitting the road this weekend and into the summer. To help make sure everyone gets where they’re going and back home safely, we wanted to remind everyone to make safe driving a priority. […]

Woman Thanks Trooper – Who Is a Family Friend – for DUI Arrest

January 31, 2020

“My whole life changed from that night on.” Hillary Staska Hillary Staska’s life was forever changed when, just over four years ago, a family friend and Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) sergeant arrested her for driving under the influence of alcohol. Since her arrest, Hillary has been sober and made positive changes in her life. She […]

UHP Holds Click It for Candy Cane Events

December 24, 2019

To help remind high school students to buckle up during their holiday break, Troopers in Utah County and Wasatch County held Click It for Candy Cane events at local high schools. As students, parents, and teachers left the school, if they were wearing their seat belts, they received a candy cane or lifesaver. The message […]

Thanksgiving Travel

November 26, 2019

More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people […]

Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket Media Kick Off

November 21, 2019

Buckle Face Heroes Help Highway Patrol Improve Seat Belt Use in Utah Click it or Ticket enforcement happening Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2019 WHAT:  Media are invited to sit back, relax and kick off Click it or Ticket with the Utah Highway Patrol by sharing the Department of Public Safety’s humorous Buckle Face campaign. […]

Traffic Incident Response Week Media Event

November 10, 2019

Traffic Incident Response Week Why November 10-16, 2019, has been designated by the Federal Highway Administration as National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week to draw public awareness to the dangers emergency responders face when reacting to a traffic incident.  Emergency responders across the country work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic […]

Traffic Incident Response Week

November 10, 2019

During the week of November 10-16, the goal is to increase awareness of the dangers emergency responders face and remind drivers to slow down and move over. Emergency responders across the country work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents. Every year hundreds of emergency responders experience close calls, or are […]

Increased DUI Enforcement for Halloween

October 29, 2019

Each year, millions of children and adults alike celebrate Halloween, a holiday known for its sweet treats and spooky parties. Leave the dangerous driving for the witches on brooms, and commit to sober driving Halloween night, and every night. To help make sure everyone gets home safely, law enforcement officers throughout the state will be […]

Teen Driver Safety Week October 20 – 26, 2019

October 21, 2019

This week – and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 20-26, 2019, and is a great opportunity for parents to sit down with their teen drivers and […]

Eight Danger Zones for Teens Behind the Wheel

October 21, 2019

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens. Make sure your young driver is aware of the leading causes of teen crashes, and put rules in place to help your teen stay safe. NO.°1: DRIVER INEXPERIENCE. Most crashes happen during the first year a teen has a license. Provide at least 30 to 50 […]

Rail Safety Week: Stop. Trains Can’t

September 24, 2019

Rail Safety Week (RSW) is being held in Sept. 22-28 to empower people to keep themselves safe near tracks and trains.  The Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Operation Lifesaver, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Utah Transit Authority, the Utah Department of Transportation are working together to remind motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians about the lifesaving importance of […]

UHP Kicks Off Adopt-A-High School Program with a Sweet Treat for Seat Belted Skyhawks

September 19, 2019

At Salem Hills High School, Troopers handed out Creamies to teens who were buckled up. With students headed back to school and getting behind the wheel, the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) has launched its Adopt-A-High School program for the new school year. This means  UHP Troopers are back on campus reminding teens about the importance […]

Is Your Child Safe? 60% of Car Seats Are Installed Incorrectly

September 5, 2019

Traffic safety partners celebrate CPS Week with free car seat inspections  WHAT: Media are invited to the Salt Lake County Health Department’s car seat class to learn more about Child Passenger Safety (CPS) week and the importance of car seat checks.  For children under the age of 13 in the United States, motor vehicle crashes […]

UHP Labor Day Enforcement Plan

August 29, 2019

Troopers working additional shifts to help make sure everyone gets where they’re going SAFELY.  As the sun sets on summer, we head into the Labor Day weekend, which will mark the end of 2019’s “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” While fatality numbers are down from where they were last year at this time, UHP would […]

Labor Day Impaired Driving Crackdown

August 22, 2019

Increased DUI enforcement statewide as DPS encourages drivers to “Know Your Limits” SALT LAKE CITY (August 22, 2019) – Law enforcement agencies throughout Utah have been participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on impaired drivers. As a result, Utahns can expect to see an increase in DUI enforcement now through […]

UHP Releases Strategic Plan

August 12, 2019

UHP 4th of July Enforcement Plans

July 3, 2019

Record-Breaking Number of Travelers According to AAA, a record-number of travelers – nearly 49 million – will be hitting the road for the 4th of July holiday. 41.4 million of those will be traveling by car. Home Safely Our goal is for everyone to get where they’re going and to get home safely. Last year […]

Box Elder News Journal Article About Dispatch Center

June 11, 2019

We’d like to thank Hailey Hendricks and the Box Elder News Journal for a great article they recently published about our Box Elder Communications Center. Click here to read the article on the Box Elder News Journal website. Dispatchers do an important, stressful—sometimeshumorous—job for county’s public safety operations Below are photos taken by Hailey Hendricks […]

Secure Your Load

June 6, 2019

The Problem: Road Debris is All Too Common June 6th is Secure Your Load Day. Utah Highway Patrol Troopers know the dangers presented by unsecured loads because they see the consequences of road debris every day. Calls for road debris are one of the most frequent calls to which they respond. In fact, over the […]

UHP Memorial Day Weekend – DUI Blitz

May 25, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the 100 Deadliest Days on Utah Roadways. In 2017, during the 100 Deadliest Day period, we had 85 fatal crashes with 90 fatalities statewide. In 2018, over the same period, we had a significant increase to 91 fatal crashes with 103 total fatalities statewide. 21 of those 103 fatalities were […]

UHP Kicks Off Click It or Ticket with Border to Border Seat Belt Enforcement

May 19, 2019

On Monday, May 20th, the Utah Highway Patrol will join law enforcement agencies throughout Utah and in its six neighboring states and across the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket “Border to Border” (B2B) Operation, a one-day national seat belt awareness kickoff event. Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased […]

Utah’s New Lane Filtering Law

May 8, 2019

As you might or might not be aware of, Utah has a new law that will affect all motorists. Utah’s new motorcycle lane filtering law goes into effect on May 14, 2019. What Is Lane Filtering? Definition: “Lane filtering” means, when operating a motorcycle other than an autocycle, the act of overtaking and passing another […]

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Media Event

April 25, 2019

With 2018 seeing the highest increase in motorcycle fatalities in Utah history, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) say driver and motorcycle rider behavior must change on Utah’s roads. Motorcycle fatalities increased almost 24 percent last year, from 38 in 2017 to 47 in 2018.   At Bill’s […]

Easter Weekend Safe Driving Tips

April 19, 2019

 In the past week, the Utah Highway Patrol has handled 7 fatal crashes resulting in 8 deaths.  We know a lot of people will be traveling for the holiday weekend, and we want to make sure no one else is involved in a fatal crash. UHP troopers throughout the state will be working extra enforcement […]

Highway Safety Office Trains Car Seat Technicians

April 11, 2019

Techs learn how to make sure you’re protecting your most precious cargo DPS’ Highway Safety Office held a National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Program training course in April. This course certifies individuals as CPS technicians who learn how to choose the right car seat for children based on their size and how to correctly […]

January 2019 DUI arrests with 0.050-0.079 BAC levels

April 1, 2019

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has tallied the statewide 0.050-0.079 blood alcohol content (BAC) DUI numbers for January 2019. The numbers represent arrests by agencies across the state. Statewide there were 844 DUI arrests made in January. Of those 844 arrests, 38 were made on individuals whose BAC results were between 0.050 and 0.079. […]

Warm Weather Means It’s Time to Share the Road With Vulnerable Roadway Users

March 18, 2019

This winter, we’ve only really had to share the road with snow. As the temperature rises, more people are ready to get outside of their houses and outside of their cars. Which means we’ll be seeing more motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists out on our roads. Because they don’t have safety features like air bags and […]

Valentine’s Day seat belt effort

February 14, 2019

The Utah Department of Public Safety’s Highway Safety Office works to develop, promote and coordinate traffic safety initiatives designed to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities on Utah’s roadways. A major focus of our program is to encourage all motorists and passengers to buckle up every time they travel in a vehicle. As part […]

Riding Season Is Coming – Will You Be Ready?

January 14, 2019

It’s cold and snowy across most of the state, but the best motorcyclists know there is no off-season.  If you’re a rider, you can take advantage of winter by: Improving your bike by giving it a tune up, replacing worn parts, and making sure it is in top condition Using the winter months to update […]

Coats and Car Seats: What’s Best for Kids

January 2, 2019

It’s officially winter and the forecast calls for some really low temps. You want to make sure you bundle your kids up to keep them warm. But did you know coats can interfere with proper car seat fit? Though thick outerwear will keep your children warm, it can interfere with the proper harness fit on […]

.05 Frequently Asked Questions

December 28, 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 […]

UHP Thanksgiving Enforcement Plans and Travel Tips

November 21, 2018

YOU AND 54 MILLION OTHERS AAA says that if you’re planning to travel more than 50 miles away from home this Thanksgiving weekend, you’ll be one of more than 54 million Americans making a similar journey. UDOT expects increased southbound traffic on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., while northbound traffic should be heavier between […]

Family’s Story Shows Seat Belts Can Make a Life-Saving Difference

November 13, 2018

Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement will increase during Thanksgiving holiday travel period.  No one ever leaves home thinking they’ll be involved in a crash. But anything can happen at any time, and the best way to help make sure you’ll get home safely is to buckle up every single time you get in […]

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, […]

Be Safe, Be Seen on Halloween

October 29, 2018

  Halloween means trick-or-treating fun, but it also means everyone needs to be extra aware of pedestrian safety. We’ve got some tips for trick-or-treaters as well as drivers to help make sure everyone gets home safely. Walk Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when […]

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 […]