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The Utah Highway Patrol conducted nearly 5,000 checks on drivers statewide over the July 4 weekend.
Data from 2022 shows overall more dangerous habits from drivers than in 2021. Around 2,500 motorists were caught speeding, with 94 people driving over 100 miles per hour and 35 driving over 105 mph, according to a Tweet UHP.
Data from 2021 shows nearly 4,000 people were checked over the July 4 weekend last year. Of those, 2,000 were pulled over for speeding, with 78 arrested for going over 100 mph.
There were five deaths over this holiday weekend compared to just one death in 2021, according to the tweet.
“This year we had a bad year for deaths over the weekend,” said UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden. “There have been at least five deaths statewide that we have investigated or helped investigate. The 100 Deadliest Days so far has been an improvement from last year at this time, so we must continue to uphold the law to ensure we keep this information available to the public at all times. time so that he can make his own decisions. on the behaviors they should adopt to stay safe.
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Roden said there is no definite reason for this year’s increase, as the numbers fluctuate from year to year for a variety of reasons.
“There will be a lot of things that will come into play,” he added. “Labour is going to be part of it. I know last year at that time we were short on manpower, so that’s going to play a small part in those stats. We started to rebuild in numbers, which is perhaps why there has been more productivity for this purpose.
“There has also been a lot of attention focused on a high number of fatalities over the past two years, adding an increase there to try and make more stops to get DUI drivers off the roads. There is also an increase in population, so that may also be a factor.
To help those who drive on holiday weekends, Roden urges the public to wear a seatbelt, eliminate distracted driving, and not drive while impaired.
Figures for 2022 showed 273 people received citations for not wearing seat belts. In 2021, only 163 seat belt citations were given.
This year, 80 people have been arrested for driving under the influence. The numbers have increased slightly as 71 people were arrested for DUI in 2021. Another tip for drivers is to watch the speed limit. There were 123 crashes statewide this weekend and 22 of them were in Utah County, according to Roden.
“We had a lot of cars just this holiday weekend that were going really fast,” he said. “We were almost 100 quotes over 100 mph, so people were going really fast, and that’s a problem because these things cause fatalities.”
UHP refers to summer, from Labor Day to Memorial Day, as the 100 deadliest days of the year, according to Roden.
“The summer months are the deadliest time of the year,” he said. “We see the biggest increase in the summer months. That’s ultimately why we focus on the deadliest days and it starts with Memorial Day and goes through Labor Day, so the 4th of July falls right in the middle of that.
In preparation for any big party, UHP Services makes sure to have enough manpower on the roads. Areas generally with higher traffic volumes will have more UHP soldiers guarding the area.