264 people lost their lives on Utah roads last year

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Last year 264 people lost their lives on Utah roads.

Thursday the Utah Department of Transportation released those numbers.

They say 82 of the 264 deaths were related to aggressive driving, 67 of which were speed related.

The fatalities involved 19 impaired drivers, 17 distracted drivers, and 15 drowsy drivers.

More than half of the deaths were motorists (175). There were 47 motorcyclists, 39 pedestrians, and three bicyclists killed.

UDOT spokesperson John Gleason and Sgt. Nick Street with the Utah Highway Patrol joined us in studio to discuss the numbers.

Here’s a  breakdown of all the numbers:

In 2018 there were 264 lives lost on Utah’s roads

  • A 3.3% decrease in roadway fatalities from 2017 (273)
    • 2017 (273) saw a 2.8% decrease in roadway fatalities from 2016 (281)

These 2018 fatalities involved:

  • 15 drowsy driver-related fatalities (8 in 2017)
  • 17 distracted driver-related fatalities (23 in 2017)
  • 82 aggressive driving-related fatalities
    •  67 of those were speed related (80 involved speed in 2017)
  • 19 alcohol-impaired drivers (36 alcohol-impaired drivers in 2017)
  • 50 fatalities were unrestrained (86 in 2017)

Fatalities comprised of 68% male and 32% female

Of the roadway fatalities there were:

  • 175 Motorists (185 in 2017)
  • 39 Pedestrians (43 in 2017)
  • 47 Motorcyclists (39 in 2017)
  •  3 Bicyclists (6 in 2017)

79% of fatal crashes occurred during clear or cloudy weather conditions

75% (198) of fatal crashes occurred on dry roads

In 2018, we had 187 days throughout the year without a traffic fatality

In 2018 there were 27 Teen Fatalities (27 in 2018 compared to 27 in 2017).

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