More Than 100 Drivers Die During Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Department of Transportation on Wednesday released this year’s report on the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.
Officials said 102 people died on Utah’s roads in the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.
The number is similar to numbers over the last decade, but it is up significantly from last year when only 61 people died in the same period.
UHP said that while there were fewer commuters than usual this summer, there were more people on the road for family trips.
“There was kind of a magnifying glass put on some of those behavioral issues that people have behind the wheel,” said UHP Sgt. Nick Street. “Like not buckling up, motorcyclists not wearing a helmet. A lot of people unfortunately lost their lives because of excess speed.”
Authorities said drowsy and distracted driving were big culprits as well.
The Utah Highway Patrol is asking everyone to put away distractions, slow down and pay attention when driving.
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