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UHP: Deadly crashes down 20% this summer

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MURRAY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Despite a deadly weekend, Utah Highway Patrol reports fatal crashes are down significantly over last year during the 100 Deadliest Days campaign.

Over the weekend, two people died in a crash in Salt Lake City, two in Box Elder County and one in Daggett county.

While the spike alarms law enforcement officers, but not on-trend with lower fatalities overall this summer. 

According to the UHP, 73 deaths were recorded on the roadway by this time last year, compared to 58 so far this summer. That is a drop of nearly 20 percent. 

“It’s a silver lining to that dark cloud,” UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said.

Sgt. Royce credits the change to more drivers following the law.

“When you look at the difference in the numbers, that is so many more people going home to their loved ones, to their spouse, to their children, to whatever it might be to the children in your life,” Sgt. Royce said.

Royce said in half of all deadly crashes however, the occupants are not wearing seat belts. 

In another positive sign on Utah roads, UHP reports DUI-related deadly crashes are down from 6 to 3 during the first few months of the year.

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