Labor Day Enforcement Plans
AS SUN SETS ON SUMMER, WE’RE TURNING UP THE HEAT ON UNSAFE DRIVING BEHAVIOR
Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of summer.
And while many people are making plans for travel, football games, family, friends and fun, we’re making plans, too.
Our plans include working over 340 extra shifts focusing on unsafe driving behaviors.
Troopers will be working day and night throughout the state with one goal: to help everyone get where they’re going safely.
DUI BLITZ AND INCREASED DUI ENFORCEMENT
Troopers in Salt Lake County will conduct a DUI blitz on Friday, August 31st 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.
100 DEADLIEST DAYS
We’re entering the final weekend of Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days, and unfortunately, there has been an increase in fatalities during this period compared to last year.
From 5/25/18 to 8/27/18, there have been 94 fatalities statewide – 53 of those have been handled by UHP.
Our troopers will be out working the more than 340 shifts to help prevent any additional fatalities by actively looking for unsafe driving behavior.
As you hit the road this weekend, please make safe driving a priority for you and your family.
PARTNERSHIP WITH NAVAJO PD
Troopers in southeastern Utah will be partnering with Navajo PD, focusing on aggressive drivers on SR-163 in the Monument Valley area.
SAFE DRIVING TIPS
Here are some tips to help you get where you’re going safely.
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.
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.
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.
Distracted driving is dangerous and can be deadly.
When you’re driving, focus on driving.
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.
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.