Emphasis Safety Areas
Emphasis safety areas consist of 11 programs that will be given added attention and emphasis by the safety organizations for the next five years. All of the emphasis areas are data driven and are designed to help Utah reach its ultimate goal – Zero Fatalities.
Continue or increase efforts to fund aggressive driving enforcement and educational campaigns.
Reduce the number of serious injury and fatal crashes related to driver distraction.
Continue to reduce alcohol and drug-related serious injury and fatal crashes.
Efforts must be made to reduce motorcycle serisous injury and fatal crashes.
Efforts must be made to prevent pedestrian related crashes by implementing a comprehensive plan to provide safer pedestrian travel.
Roadway Departure Crashes
Work should continue to keep vehicles on the roadway and in their proper lanes. When vehicles do leave the roadway, efforts should be made to reduce the possibility and/or severity of crashes.
Efforts must be made to reduce the frequency and/or severity of crashes within intersections.
Efforts must be focused on reducing speeding on the roads and the associated elements of reckless and careless attitudes that often accompany such driver behavior.
Teen Driving Safety
Focus efforts on innovative education methods to improve teen driver capabilities.
Use of Safety Restraints
On May 12, 2015 the primary seat belt law went into effect. UDOT, the Utah Department of Public Safety and their partners have been dedicated to increasing education and enforcement to help save lives. Efforts must continue to secure a permanent primary seat belt law for those who continue to ride unbuckled.
Special consideration must be given to improving the highway system to accommodate older drivers and their needs.