4th of July Enforcement Plans
Record-Breaking Number of Travelers
According to AAA, a record-number of travelers – nearly 49 million – will be hitting the road for the 4th of July holiday.
41.4 million of those will be traveling by car.
Our goal is for everyone to get where they’re going and to get home safely.
Last year in Utah, 1 person was killed in traffic crashes over the 4th of July holiday.
Extra DUI Patrols and a Blitz
- Law enforcement agencies throughout the state will work over 170 extra DUI shifts over the 4th of July holiday
- We’ll be having a DUI blitz on Saturday night in Salt Lake County.
Speed/Seat Belts/Distracted Driving
- Troopers throughout Utah will be working over 150 shifts to address speeding, seat belt use and distracted driving.
Research shows that 94% of all crashes are caused by human error or choice.
Seat Belts Save Lives
Troopers see the difference seat belts make in even minor crashes all the time.
Make sure you and everyone in your vehicle is buckled up – every trip, every time.
If you’re traveling a long distance and passengers want to sleep, make sure they stay properly buckled at all times.
If your plans include drinking alcoholic beverages, make sure they also include a safe and sober ride home.
Officers will be working over 170 extra DUI shifts through the 4th of July weekend.
Every instance of drunk driving is 100% preventable. Drive sober.
Never drive drowsy. It puts you and others on the road with you at risk.
If you get tired behind the wheel, pull over to a safe place and rest or switch drivers.
Focus on Driving
Whether it’s phones, food, friends, passengers – a lot can distract you from the road.
When you’re driving, focus on driving. That text or call or that bite of burger can wait.
Don’t Exceed the Speed Limit
When drivers exceed the posted speed limit, the risk for a serious injury or fatality in a crash increases.
Look Twice, Save a Life – Ride to Live
- There will be plenty of our two-wheeled friends out on the roads.
- Take an extra second to look twice for them – especially when you’re turning at intersections or into or out of driveways, or changing lanes.
Ride 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, Move Over
If you see a service or emergency vehicle with its lights flashing on the shoulder, slow down and move over a lane.
Give your first responders the room they need to safely work.
If You’re Celebrating with Fireworks, Celebrate Safely
We know this isn’t traffic safety-related, but it’s public safety related and it’s important to us, our sister division the Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office, and our firefighting friends statewide.
Fireworks are a great part of our 4th of July celebrations. But they have the potential to start fires and cause injuries.
Click here for important fireworks safety tips and information.
Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy 4th
We hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July.
Our Troopers will be out helping to make sure everyone gets home safely.