Troopers increasing patrols during 4th of July weekend

LOGAN — The Fourth of July holiday weekend not only marks our country’s independence but also the middle of the “100 Deadliest Days,” a time where fatal accidents in Utah and around the country traditionally increase through Labor Day.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said the number of fatalities during the past month-and-a-half have been higher than normal and troopers are going to be ramping up their efforts during the holiday weekend.

“We are seeing the trend of people pushing the limits,” said Perry. “There driving while fatigued and tired. We are getting some rollover crashes that way, people who are driving distracted that aren’t focusing on their driving, and one of the big key factors is people going way to fast.”

AAA projects nearly 43 million Americans will travel during the Independence Day weekend.

Perry said troopers in Northern Utah will be working extra shifts looking for three specific dangers.

“People who are exceeding the speed limit and breaking the speed limit can be expected to be stopped and probably be cited. Certainly we are going to focus on seat belts because we know it saves lives and keeps you in control of your car and it prevents other people in your car from getting injured. So we will be watching for people not wearing their seatbelts while they are travelling.

“During the evenings and probably during the day, we are going to be watching for impaired drivers, people who are driving impaired or fatigued or distracted.”

Perry said when you mix any of those risks, with the increase number of travelers on the roads, it’s like lighting the fuse on some type of firework.

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