A series of deadly crashes and pile-ups prompt warning from UHP

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – After a series of deadly crashes on Utah roadways over the weekend, the Utah Highway Patrol is asking drivers to do the following five things:
  • Watch your speed
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Put distractions away
  • Don’t drive impaired
  • Get plenty of sleep
Three people were injured in a five vehicle crash in Tooele County on Sunday night. A 29-year-old woman died in a two-car crash in Saratoga Springs on Sunday morning.  A 33-year-old man died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in West Jordan Saturday night and a woman is recovering from her injuries after she slammed her Tesla into the back of a truck in South Jordan on Friday night.
As of Monday morning UHP has responded to 74 fatal crashes. Lt. Todd Royce, with the Utah Highway Patrol, told News4Utah that in most of the crashes they can attribute one of the five factors listed above.
“What we want you to do when the summer comes around is always wear your seat belt, be a very cautious driver and be very careful out there because you’re going to see the fatal numbers increase,” said Royce.
We are two weeks away from what UHP refers to as the ‘100 Deadliest Days of Summer.’ UHP says starting on the Memorial Day holiday, and for 100 days after that, is when we see the most crashes on the roads. Royce says extra troopers will be out cracking down on drivers during this time.
“You’ll see more troopers out there writing speeding tickets and more distracted driving tickets. We’re also going to be looking for seat belts and impaired drivers are always on our radar.”
Royce wants to remind everyone that 94 percent of crashes are due to a human choice or error. That means many crashes could be prevented if Utahns just focus while behind the wheel.

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