SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – The 100 deadliest days of summer is one month away but the Utah Highway Patrol is gearing up now. Additional state troopers will be out Thursday conducting increased speed enforcement.
UHP wants to get a jump start on its plans to help reduce traffic fatalities during this historically dangerous driving period.
According to a press release sent out by UHP, “Extra motorcycle and patrol officers will be working overtime shifts in a pre-selected section of I-15 to create a highly visible effort. This is the second in what UHP is planning to be a sustained, high-visibility effort that will continue throughout the summer.”
UHP says these are the following reasons they felt it was necessary to beef up their patrols:
- Utah drivers who think clear skies and dry roads mean higher speeds are less risky should reconsider that thought.
- Speed is a leading contributor to crashes in Utah, especially during the 100 deadliest days of summer.
- The posted speed limit is not a suggestion, it’s the law. There is a reason for posted speed limits.
- The roadways are a dangerous place and the speed limits are designed to protect everyone.
- The choice to speed or drive aggressively can be a dangerous, selfish one that’s not worth the few minutes shaved off your travel time.
The 100 Deadliest Days begins on Memorial Weekend and ends Labor Day weekend.