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Media Availability: DPS “Resist Death” campaign and enforcement now through Labor Day weekend

Wednesday June 29, 2022

Increased DUI shifts aimed at preventing impaired driving continues through summer

WHAT: Media are invited to interview Mayor Dirk Burton of West Jordan City and representatives from the Utah Highway Patrol as they give a mid-summer report on traffic safety, and discuss the change that needs to happen when it comes to driving on Utah roads. 

“We’ve seen an upward trend in fatalities due to impaired drivers,” said Mayor Dirk Burton. “The only way to reverse this trend is for individuals in every community to commit to helping prevent impaired drivers from taking to the road. We can work together to save lives.”

Ahead of the fourth of July weekend and through the summer holiday weekends, law enforcement is reminding Utahns to make the right choice by planning a sober ride. Utahns can expect to see the “Resist Death” campaign on billboards and online, encouraging everyone to resist the chance of death by choosing a sober ride ahead of time. Anytime an individual plans to drink, that person should always plan ahead for a sober ride. Sober ride options include: a designated sober driver, rideshare or public transit. 

Law enforcement is working extra shifts July 1 – 4, July 22 – 25 and August 19 – September 5, actively patrolling for impaired drivers. During this time, over 90 extra DUI shifts are being worked by 14 different Utah law enforcement agencies statewide. Officers will be on high alert, looking to get impaired drivers off the roads. 

WHEN: 

Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 10:00 am 

WHERE:

Bingham Creek Library
4834 W 9000 S, West Jordan, UT 84081

WHO: 

Mayor Dirk Burton, West Jordan
Major Jeff Nigbur, UHP
Sgt. Cameron Roden, UHP
Sgt. Chris Bishop (Spanish speaker)

VISUALS: 

  • Grim Reaper/Drive Sober cardboard cutout
  • Crash photos and Digital campaign assets
  • Officers in uniform and trooper vehicles (SL Valley Area Agencies) 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sgt. Cameron Roden
DPS/UHP- PIO
croden@utah.gov
385.290.2925

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MEDIA CONTACT

Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety
hmkoellner@utah.gov

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