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Sunday August 14, 2022 Salt Lake City, UT

Media Alert

PIO

Press Release

UHP Leaders Call for the Public’s Help after Deadly Weekend on Utah Freeways

Sunday August 8, 2021

For Immediate Release

The Utah Highway Patrol calls for the public’s help to reduce fatalities.

Five major crashes over the weekend lead to 6 deaths.

WHAT: The Utah Highway Patrol has investigated 5 major crashes since early Saturday into Sunday Morning. From those 5 crashes there resulted 6 fatalities and several other significant injuries. These crashes occurred all across the state from Morgan County to Washington County. Each of these crashes remain under investigation, but contributors vary from impaired driving, inattentiveness, and fatigue.

With just under half of the year to go, Utah has seen a substantial increase in crash fatalities in 2021. These crashes are for the most part preventable if we address the root causes together. They not only affect the friends and families of those involved, they affect all Utahns alike. Please help us do our jobs in serving Utah by doing your part. Please drive alert, focused, and courteous. If you drink, don’t drive! Together, we can save lives.

WHEN: Monday 9, 2021 at 9:00 am

WHERE: 

Utah Highway Patrol Headquarters
4501 South 2700 West
Taylorsville UT, 84129

WHO: 

  • Utah Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Rapich
  • Husband and sister of bride killed in Salt Lake County Crash on 8/7/21

VISUALS:

  • Interviews available to discuss deadly crashes
  • Picture available on DPS Newsroom

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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