SOUTH JORDAN (News4Utah) – South Jordan police and Utah Highway Patrol teamed up with the family of a DUI victim to try and stop the flow of DUI crashes during the holidays. According to UHP, the number of DUI accidents doubles on Christmas and New Year’s.
The McMillian family lost their son Mikey to a drunk driver in 2015. His mother Jan said that Mikey was on his way home from scuba class when he was hit head on. The drunk driver was traveling east in a westbound lane going 80mph.
Jan said, “It was a violent and devastating crash. The other driver was killed instantly and Michael was taken to the hospital in very critical condition. My message is that this is preventable. It did not need to happen, there were people all along the way that could have stopped this.”
Uth Highway Patrol heard her message loud and clear. Colonel Mike Rapich of UHP announced,”We are funding over 300 extra shifts, specifically targeting the DUI driver to make sure those who make a very stupid decision to get behind the wheel after drinking don’t have the opportunity to cause tragedy.”
UHP will be increasing their DUI patrol starting December 15 through January 1.
Patrol and police officers stood in front of a glass Christmas tree made out of broken bottles and the debris of DUI accidents while pleading with drivers to drink responsibly.
Jan McMillian said, “People come to me and say I can only imagine. And I tell them, no you can’t imagine, you can’t imagine how devastating this is.”