LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Thursday marked the beginning of Utah’s “100 Deadliest Days” on Utah roadways, with the Utah Department of Transportation marking the day with a warning for drivers ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
BaiLee DiBernardo, 17, was hit and killed by two distracted drivers at the intersection of Fort Lane and Lindsay Street in Layton in January of 2016. Thursday her mother, alongside UDOT and Utah Highway Patrol officials, pleaded with drivers to slow down and stop driving distracted.
DiBernardo was crossing the street with her friend when they were both struck by vehicles. Two of the vehicles that struck them were being driven by distracted drivers, UDOT said.
“My daughter, she lost her life that morning because of those people’s decision,” said Kristina Morris, DiBernardo’s mother. “I’m sharing her story in hopes that I can bring awareness to distracted driving.”
UDOT and UHP said during the summer months from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the number of fatal crashes nearly doubles in comparison to the rest of the year.
UHP said they will be beefing up patrol beginning Thursday night, cracking down on seatbelt violations and distracted and drunk driving.
94 percent of all fatal crashes are human error, UDOT officials said.