Road fatalities down over Christmas weekend, UDOT urges caution for New Year

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Utah Dept. of Transportation (UDOT) said one person died on Utah roads over the holiday weekend, down by two from the previous year. 

Slick road conditions and wintry weather caused hundreds of accidents throughout  the state, however. 

The one fatality was a teenage boy who was traveling from Oregon to Cottonwood Heights with his family. The vehicle they were traveling in rolled on I-215, just miles from their destination. 

The same time in 2016, three people died on Utah roads, according to UDOT spokesperson John Gleason, referencing numbers obtained from Utah Highway Patrol. 

Gleason said there were 97-100 reported accidents on the roads over Christmas weekend, Friday through Monday. 

With New Year’s Eve approaching, UDOT urges drivers to refrain from driving distracted or impaired. Law enforcement officials said they will be out in full force to catch people driving under the influence and not buckling up. 

It’s unclear whether any of the crashes over the weekend were alcohol-related. Those statistics are forthcoming. 

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