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Utahns Called On to be Smart and Safe on Utah’s Roads

Utah averaged one death every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day on Utah’s roads

Utah averaged one death every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year on Utah’s roads, a fatality rate 34 percent higher than the first part of this year, according to preliminary traffic fatality data.

In total this summer 101 people died on Utah’s roads. Of those 101 lives lost, 10 were teens. 

“Even one death is too many,” Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Executive Director Carlos Braceras said. “That’s why Zero Fatalities will always be our goal, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to get there. If every Utahn commits to improving just one area of the way we drive, walk, bike, and ride, safety on our roads will dramatically improve.”

Research shows that 94 percent of all crashes are caused by human error. That means these behaviors can be prevented, or in other words; if Utahns can improve their driving, walking, riding behaviors, lives will inevitably be saved. To help save lives this fall, the following actions are needed: 

  • BUCKLE UP: A seat belt is the single most effective traffic safety device, reducing the risk of serious injury and death. 
  • DRIVE ALERT, FOCUSED AND SOBER: Distracted or drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving – and drunk driving is deadly. 
  • OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT: When drivers risk exceeding the posted speed limit, the risk for a serious injury or fatality in a crash increases. 
  • SEE & PROTECT EACH OTHER: Drivers, be on the lookout for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. Pedestrians/Bicyclists/Motorcyclists, do everything in your power to be seen; this includes wearing reflective gear and lights. 
  • WEAR SAFETY GEAR: Gear can make the difference between life and death. 

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