LOGAN — As the summer months come to an end, Utah Highway Patrol troopers are concerned about the increase in fatal accidents that have occurred in Northern Utah. The Labor Day weekend marks the end of the “100 deadliest days” on the road.
UHP Lt. Lee Perry, who covers Cache, Rich and Box Elder Counties, said troopers have investigated more fatalities this summer than last year.
“In the same 100 deadliest days last year we had six fatalities and this year we are at nine,” said Perry. “Granted, this year we have had a couple pedestrian fatalities and some motor cycle fatalities that we didn’t have last year.”
Troopers have also arrested more people this year suspected of driving under the influence. They are pleased though that the number of people wearing their seat belts has gone up.
Perry said even though troopers have been trying to be more proactive, there are some things they can’t stop.
“The only way things are going to stop is if the public takes the appropriate action not to drive drunk, not to drive when they are distracted, or using technology in the car. They have got to not drive when they are fatigued and tired and then of course they need to wear their seat belt, and make sure they are driving at whatever the appropriate speed limit is.”
During the holiday weekend, troopers are joining forces with the Idaho State Police and Oregon State Police to promote 48-hours of safety along I-84. They will also be placing an increased emphasis on other major roads, where they expect to see a surge in holiday traffic.
Perry said if people see other vehicles speeding, or showing signs of distracted, drowsy or drunk driving they should call 911.
“Hopefully we will have a trooper in the area, or an officer that can take appropriate action and get that vehicle off the road, or get that person stopped before something bad happens to them. Worse yet, something happens to someone else.”
Even though the number of fatal accidents in Northern Utah are up, the overall total for the state is down compared to last year.
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