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Utah Law Enforcement Looking For Distracted Drivers

Apr 8, 2021, 3:30 PM | Updated: 4:52 pm
FILE (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)...
FILE (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Nearly two dozen Utah law enforcement agencies teamed up to patrol highways and side roads as they looked for distracted drivers.

Most violators will likely be looking at their cell phones and those drivers are six times more likely than a drunk driver to cause an accident, officials with the Utah Highway Patrol said Thursday.

April was designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“There’s no problems until there is. And then when there is, it’s horrible. And bad things happen and destructive things happen and people get hurt violently. And we get to see that on a regular basis,” said Colonel Mike Rapich, Utah Highway Patrol.

Rapich said that is why so many officers are putting in extra hours to stop distracted drivers with 127 shifts across 21 different agencies.

Drivers may not know when police are watching because many officers and spotters will load up in unmarked vans looking for offenders.

The operation runs through Monday morning.

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Utah Law Enforcement Looking For Distracted Drivers