SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Utah Highway Patrol wants to remind drivers to slow down, buckle up and put away distractions while driving. The reminder comes after three fatal crashes in three days on Utah’s roadways. 
 
In the latest incident, a woman was driving on I-80 at 700 East in Salt Lake City when she lost control of her Ford Expedition, veered to the left and hit the concrete barrier. According to UHP, the woman was partially ejected from the SUV. Sgt. Jacob Cox said if the woman was buckled into her seat, it could have saved her life. 
 
“We’ve had too many people that have been killed this year because they weren’t wearing their seatbelt,” Cox said. “We can’t say for 100 percent certain, but there’s a good chance that a lot of those people would have survived. Looking at the damage to the passenger compartment,if they would have remained in the car they very well could have survived the crash,” he added.
 
“The most important piece of equipment in your car is your seatbelt. But the seatbelt only works if you put it on, so buckle up,” Sgt. Cox said. 
 
And although we see speed limits of 70 miles per hour on some highways, Cox says it’s not always best to travel at that rate of speed.
 
“The thing I like to tell people is if you go fast and get into a crash, they’re never going to arrive at their destination. So slow down and get there safely is the most important thing,”
 
Due to spring break, Easter weekend and with General Conference coming up, we will see more people out on the roads. Sgt. Cox told News4Utah’s Brittany Johnson that it’s extremely important for everyone not to become distracted while driving, especially with this many people on the road.
 
“If you really need to send that text or check that Facebook post or whatever is so critically important that you’ve got to check–pull over–and then when you’re done, get back on the road and focus on driving,” said Cox.
 
 
Another reminder is for drivers to be aware of emergency vehicles. When you see them responding to an incident, slow down and switch lanes and give them plenty of room to do their jobs.