How authorities plan to make roads safer after release of 2017 Traffic Fatality Report

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) New numbers have now been released on the number of those killed on Utah roads in 2017. Good Morning Utah brought in Allyse Christensen from the Utah Department of Transportation to see how the state weighed in on our Zero Fatalities goal in today’s Ask the Authority segment.

A state issued report shows 273 people died in accidents last year. That includes car crashes, motorcycle wreck, and people being hit by cars while walking or riding their bikes. 

The report says 87 of those 273 people weren’t wearing their seatbelts. 85 deaths are being blamed on aggressive driving or road rage. 29 were a result of alcohol, and 6 on drowsy driving. 20 people died in Utah as a result of distracted driving. A new distracted driving campaign has just kicked off in the state, and police will be enforcing the hands-free law, and harsher fines for those caught breaking that law.

For more information on Zero Fatalities, and for the full report, visit DPSNews.Utah.Gov.

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