ROAD TO ZERO

New Campaign Aims To Save Lives By Reducing Trash On Utah’s Roads

Jul 27, 2021, 5:15 PM | Updated: Jul 30, 2021, 7:21 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — There has been a rash of trash on Utah’s roads in recent years, and it’s truly killing people.

The Utah Department of Transportation launched a new campaign Tuesday to encourage people to secure their loads and keep litter off the roads.

According to UDOT, unsecured loads and debris cause 1,800 crashes per year.

Four people died last month in Utah from debris-related crashes and 10 people died in 2020.

During the last five years, UDOT road crews have seen more litter piling up, so UDOT launched “Keep it Clean, Utah,” a campaign to curb the dangerous tide of litter.

The campaign uses humor to catch our attention, with talking trash puppets named Liddy and Bagley.

In the ads, the puppets talk about everything from appliances, tires and fast food garbage that ends up on the road.

“If you’re just driving down I-15 and you come upon that, you’re going to swerve to miss it. That creates a danger to you, it creates a danger to everybody else on the road,” said John Gleason, a spokesperson with UDOT.

UDOT crews now spend nearly 30% more time cleaning up trash than they did five years ago, at a cost of $2.5 million per year for taxpayers.

They waste valuable maintenance time cleaning up ladders, mattresses, appliances and other garbage because people don’t secure their loads.

You’ll start to see the ads soon on TV, radio and social media.

UDOT officials said they are trying to create awareness for the preventable problem so that we can change our behavior and save lives.

 

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Road to Zero

...
Dan Rascon

Utah sees spike in bicycle fatalities

According to the latest numbers from the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah has seen 11 fatalities, more than any previous year in the past decade, and there are still five months left in the year.
5 days ago
...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Speeding, distracted driving leading to increase in crashes on Utah city streets

Utah is seeing a concerning increase in crashes on city streets. On Wednesday, KSL's Lauren Steinbrecher was in Sandy as police explained which issues on the road are the worst they've seen in years and what they're doing about it.
11 days ago
...
Cary Schwanitz

Bountiful man killed, three juveniles injured in I-70 crash

A Bountiful man died in a single-car crash on I-70 near Green River last week.
12 days ago
(SLCPD)...
Josh Ellis and Karah Brackin, KSL TV

One dead after SLC motorcycle crash; third serious crash in 12 hours

Police are investigating after a person was killed in a motorcycle crash on 1300 East near 2300 South.
12 days ago
The Utah Highway Patrol has responded to 99 calls of wrong-way drivers on freeways this year....
Shara Park and Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Putting the brakes on wrong-way drivers: Finding solutions to deadly crashes

Utah is close to breaking records of deadly wrong-way crashes. Why is this happening? KSL News Specialist Shara Park digs into solutions.
18 days ago
FILE: A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Dese...
Michael Houck

UHP reports four fatal crashes over Pioneer Day weekend

Utah Highway Patrol released their enforcement stats for Pioneer Day weekend, including four fatalities and three wrong-way drivers. 
20 days ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
...
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...
AARP Utah

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
New Campaign Aims To Save Lives By Reducing Trash On Utah’s Roads