SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4 Utah)– Law enforcement is wrapping up what they’ve dubbed the ‘100 deadliest days of summer. ‘ It’s the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Col. Michael Rapich, UHP, “the message that we’re trying to send to people here is, look, enjoy the weekend, enjoy the football season here as it comes upon us. but if you’re going to drink, don’t drink and drive.”
Utah Highway Patrol is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in this year’s Labor Day ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
Colonel Rapich, ‘we still have had 78 people die on Utah’s roadways during the travel season, but it’s better than it was least year, not nearly good enough but better than it has been. So that’s a good thing. We’re wrapping that up. The Labor Day weekend marks the end of that season, our last really big travel weekend for the summer. It’s an important weekend, people are going to be out having a good time, they’re going to be driving across the state of Utah, they’re going to be going places, we want to make sure they’re going to get there safely.”
Last year during the same period, there were 90 fatal crashes.
Local bars are also on board with the game plan for a safe holiday weekend.
Bridget Gordon, owner, Green Pig Pub, “it’s important to me as being a bar owner in the state of Utah, and I can speak for most of us bar owners. We want to practice safety first. The state of Utah is not telling you to not come in and drink, and not have a good time, they’re just asking you not to drink and drive.”
It’s all hands on deck this weekend. UHP is beefing up patrols adding 80 additional officers at DUI checkpoints alone.
Starting Friday night, local and state law enforcement are hosting a DUI blitz.