UPDATE: Utah Highway Patrol reported a total of 42 arrests made over the weekend.
(ABC4 News) – Utah Highway Patrol kicked off its Saint Patrick’s Day DUI Blitz this weekend.
The campaign launched at 9 o’clock Saturday night at the highway patrol office in Murray.
It’s all in an effort to keep roadways safe throughout the weekend.
“Have a good time,” said Cpl. Chris Bishop of the Utah Highway Patrol. “We have no problems with people getting out there, and having a good time, but be responsible. There are so many ways to get home that don’t involve an individual getting behind the wheel. There’s Lyft, Uber, public transportation, taxis, designated drivers.”
If you’re under the influence, making the choice to find another way home could wind up being the best decision not only of your life, but help ensure the safety of someone else’s.
“We encourage folks to use those opportunities instead of making poor choices that could cost someone else their life,” said Bishop.
As part of the campaign, 75 additional troopers will be on the roads statewide.
Typically, “In Salt Lake, there are probably 20-30 troopers operating at a single time,” said Bishop. “In Utah County, there’s probably five to ten. In Davis County about the same.”
To drive home the need for safety, highway patrol says from 2008 to 2017, Utah had 20 deadly crashes on St. Patrick’s Day.
“We would like that number to be zero this weekend,” said Bishop. “Unfortunately, we did have a fatality last night down near Salina, but we still have several days ahead of us that we can be out there and get to where we’re going safely.”
This warning also extends to motorcycle riders.
“We need to do a better job of being safer all around, looking out for drivers as we’re changing lanes make sure we’re double checking,” said Bishop. “As the weather warms up, we’re going to see a lot more motorcycles and we want to make sure everyone gets home to their loved ones at the end of the day.”
Highway Patrol says St. Patrick’s Day ranks fourth in the state for alcohol-related crashes.
That’s behind Pioneer Day, Memorial Day and Easter respectively.