UHP troopers stop two wrong-way drunk drivers this weekend
Jun 5, 2022, 11:27 AM | Updated: Jun 30, 2022, 3:55 pm
(Utah Highway Patrol)
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Highway Patrol said it stopped drunk drivers going the wrong way on Utah roads this weekend.
Early Saturday morning, a trooper saw a driver going the wrong way on I-15 in Layton.
The car stopped when the driver saw the flashing lights on the police unit.
The trooper determined the driver was driving under the influence.
The second incident was Sunday morning at 8000 west and State Road 201.
It was the start of a shift for the trooper who noticed a car headed westbound in the eastbound lane.
This weekend our Troopers along with @southsaltlake Officer, stopped TWO DUI drivers going the wrong way on our roads.
The first incident was Saturday morning around 1:30 AM, on I-15 mile post 330 (Layton). The driver did stop at the lights of the Trooper. pic.twitter.com/Oqd4gtUYog
— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) June 5, 2022
The car was going 50 miles per hour.
Once again, the car stopped after the driver saw the trooper’s flashing lights.
Investigators determined that the driver was more than two times over the legal limit.
The state has seen a steep increase in wrong-way driver incidents.
It’s hard to pin down exactly why this keeps happening, but the Utah Highway Patrol pleaded with drivers to slow down and pay attention.
So far this year, there have been about 50 incidents with wrong-way drivers. Many of them ended with fatal crashes.