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Sunday November 28, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT

Media Alert

PIO

Press Release

The Utah Highway Patrol’s insights to crash responder safety.

Wednesday November 10, 2021

For Immediate Release:

The Utah Highway Patrol would like to share experiences, tips, and promote safe driving during this Crash Responders Safety Week.

As Crash Responder Safety Week messaging continues around the country, The Utah Highway Patrol would like to share key awareness and educational information with Utah motorists.  These messages could one day save a life if the driving tips and habits are put into everyday practice by the motoring public. 

As we move into the winter months, UHP officers will share advice on good winter driving behaviors that could help you avoid a collision.  Reducing those crashes also helps to reduce the risks posed to the first responders and personnel who have to respond to them.  Too many times first responders have faced life altering and deadly ramifications after being struck while performing their duties on these crash scenes.  Two UHP officers will share their survival stories and experiences they faced after being hit on Utah’s roads.

The UHP will also explain what options motorists have who have been involved in a minor crash.  Utah law allows those drivers to move to a safe location then notify law enforcement.  This protects those involved in the incident and removes the potential for secondary crashes to occur.  A demonstration video will be provided to the media and the public to show how this can be done safely.

Move over enforcement will follow the press event and the media is invited to tag along.

When:
UHP Press Event
Thursday, November 11, 2021
10:00 am

Where:
Utah Driver’s License Division testing track
(Directly West of Rampton complex)
4500 South 2700 West (West side)
Taylorsville, UT

Who:
Utah Highway PatrolTroopers

Visuals and Activities:
Officer to share survival experiences from being struck while on duty.
Winter driving tips and awareness
Move over law overview
What to do if you’re involved in a minor crash? – Move off explanation
Display – (Honoring Heroes Crashed Patrol Car)
Move over enforcement will follow the press event.  Ride-along’s available

Media Contact:
Sgt. Cameron Roden     
Utah Highway Patrol PIO
385.290.2925

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MEDIA CONTACT

Joe Dougherty
DPS Public Affairs Director
Department of Public Safety
JDOUGHERTY@UTAH.GOV

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