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UHP Aims Extra Enforcement at Impaired Drivers on New Year’s Eve

Thursday December 30, 2021

61 Alcohol-related fatalities in 2021; UHP says these are 100% preventable

WHAT: The Utah Highway Patrol is teaming up with The Western States Traffic Safety Coalition and 11 western states to deter, detect, and remove impaired drivers from our roadways. UHP leaders will hold a media availability highlighting the statewide enforcement efforts that will ring in the new year. 

25 different Utah law enforcement agencies are working over 160 extra DUI shifts during this time. These efforts are part of NHTSA’s National Impaired Driving Enforcement Mobilization.  The event highlights an increase in DUI enforcement statewide from December 15th – January 1st. Most shifts will target holiday celebrations and drivers choosing to drink and drive.

“Every year, we see bad decisions, people choosing to drink and drive resulting in horrible, violent, destructive consequences. So we are making one request; as you celebrate, if you choose to drink, please do not drive,” said Colonel Michael Rapich.

The media are invited to interview the Utah Highway Patrol and other partners to discuss their commitment to and the importance of reducing impaired driving in Utah.

WHEN: Friday, December 31, 2021, at 9:00 pm 

WHERE: Utah Highway Patrol, Section Four Office, Large Classroom
5681 S. Commerce Drive, Murray, UT, 84107

WHO: 

  • Colonel Michael Rapich, Deputy Commissioner, Utah Highway Patrol 
  • Lieutenant Brent Shelby, Utah Highway Patrol (DUI Squad)
  • Sergeant Chris Bishop, Utah Highway Patrol (Spanish speaker)

VISUALS: 

  • UHP Troopers in uniform, leadership speaking to Troopers to launch the blitz
  • Images of DUI-related crashes and enforcement efforts
  • Lt Shelby from the DUI squad will be available for in-person interviews during the blitz on Friday, beginning at 9 pm. Meet at the UHP Section Four Office 5681 South 320 West.
  • Ride-alongs with Troopers are available.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sgt Cameron Roden
DPS/UHP – PIO
croden@utah.gov
801.554.5659

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MEDIA CONTACT

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

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