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Protecting Utah

UHP Labor Day Enforcement Plan

Thursday 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 like for this Labor Day weekend to be a zero fatalities weekend. Last year over the Labor Day weekend, UHP handled two fatal crashes with four deaths. Impairment was a contributing factor in three out of the four deaths. 

Increased Enforcement

 UHP troopers will work the following shifts the Labor Day weekend holiday period in an attempt to identify and apprehend violators and prevent crashes.


DUI BLITZ AND INCREASED DUI ENFORCEMENT

Troopers in Salt Lake County will conduct a DUI blitz on Friday, August 30th starting at 9 p.m.

If your plans for the weekend include drinking, make sure they also include a plan for a safe ride home.

Statewide, law enforcement agencies are continuing to conduct increased DUI enforcement.

Make your plans for a safe and sober ride home now.

Text reads "I'm Good" and the letters o in Good are overhead shots of beer steins. Smaller text is framed by DPS logo and Drive sober or get pulled over logo and reads "Overconfidence - the leading cause of impaired driving."


SAFE DRIVING TIPS

Here are some tips to help you get where you’re going safely.


Buckle up during Utah's 100 deadliest days

Seat belts save lives.

Whether you’re heading out on a long road trip or just somewhere closer to home, buckle up – every trip, every time, everyone.


Drive sober during Utah's 100 deadliest days

Drinking and driving is a selfish choice that puts others at risk.

Make the responsible choice – plan for a safe and sober ride home, call a cab, a sober friend, get a ride share – never drink and drive.


Don't speed during Utah's 100 deadliest days

Speeding is more than just breaking the law.

Speeding endangers not only the life of the speeder, but all of the people on the road around them, including other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and law enforcement officers.

The consequences of speeding are far-ranging an include the following: greater potential for loss of vehicle control, reduce effectiveness of occupant protection equipment, increased stopping distance after driver perceives a danger, and increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries.


Phones down during Utah's 100 deadliest days

Distracted driving is dangerous and can be deadly.

When you’re driving, focus on driving.


Stay alert during Utah's 100 deadliest days

Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination.

It can result in decreased awareness and increased risk of crashing.

Click here for information on the signs of drowsy driving.


Silhouettes of motorcycles with the message Look twice for motorcycles

Make sure you’re keeping a careful eye out for motorcycles.

Look twice for them, especially when you’re turning at intersections or into/out of driveways and parking lots.

If you’re a rider, make sure you’re riding to live.

  • Never ride beyond your skill level – check out this map that rates Utah’s roads for their difficulty for motorcyclists.
  • Ride ATGATT – all the gear, all the time. Your gear is the only thing protecting you in the event of a crash.
  • Ride sober – riding a motorcycle takes coordination, balance and most important, good judgment. Alcohol, more than any other single factor, can rob you of your ability to think clearly and ride safely.

SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER

When you see emergency vehicles on the road shoulder, move over a lane to help give them the room they need to safely work.

Move over for emergency vehicles

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MEDIA CONTACT

Marissa Cote
Public Relations Director
Department of Public Safety
MVILLASENOR@UTAH.GOV

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