Labor Day Enforcement Plans
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.
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.
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.