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Utah sees rise in traffic fatalities for 3rd year in a row

Daphne Chen  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:11pm

For the first time in 15 years, the number of traffic fatalities in Utah has risen for the third year in a row. Last year, 275 people died on Utah roads. Officials say as many as 94 percent of those deaths were preventable.

Police identify man killed in West Valley rollover

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:48pm

Police on Sunday identified a West Valley man who died in a single-car rollover accident Saturday.

Forecast of freezing rain has Utah road, power agencies preparing for worst

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Jan 4th - 10:08pm

With freezing rain in the forecast, power companies and road crews know they face dangerous challenges if the storm delivers. Snowstorms are tough enough, but freezing rain requires even more caution on the roads and can cripple power transmission.

Utah singers put a 'jingle' in new DUI media campaign

Tori Jorgensen  |  Posted  Dec 18th - 8:53pm

Utah's DUI media campaign got musical Friday when two Utah singers performed classic Christmas songs with a twist.

UHP patrol car, other vehicles hit amid slippery road conditions

Morgan Jacobsen  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 10:31pm

A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle was struck by a sliding car on an icy stretch of freeway while the trooper was assisting other drivers involved in weather-related accidents Saturday.

Man says wife saved his life by encouraging him to buckle up

Chris Larson  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 4:58pm

Mandee and Marcos Cossa partnered with UDOT's Zero Fatalities to tell their story about how inviting loved ones to buckle up saved Marcos' life at UHP's Click It or Ticket kickoff event.

Stretch of Logan Canyon sees high number of accidents

Alex Cabrero  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:26pm

It may be one of the prettiest drives in Utah, but traveling through Logan Canyon can also be one of the most dangerous.

Families who lost teens in fatal crashes encourage safe driving

Tori Jorgensen  |  Posted  Nov 18th - 8:56pm

In 2014, 29 teens died in motor vehicle crashes. Families of these teens shared their personal accounts Wednesday to encourage drivers to use safety precautions on Utah roads.

Latest UDOT #MondayMessage stirs controversy

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Nov 9th - 10:47pm

Every week, UDOT posts clever safety messages on the overhead boards along the Wasatch Front. It's purpose is to get people talking about safe driving, but the latest #MondayMessage got mixed reviews.

Utah motorists prepare for season of snowy roads

Jasen Lee  |  Posted  Nov 9th - 6:27pm

With winter approaching, the Utah Department of Transportation is cautioning drivers to get ready for the inevitable reality of snowy driving conditions.

Cracking down on prescription drug-impaired drivers major focus for UHP

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Nov 4th - 10:47pm

Getting drunk drivers off the road with sobriety checks has made a big difference in reducing alcohol-related crashes. To perform those same checks with drug-impaired drivers, the state calls on more than 150 drug recognition experts or DREs.

Car owners encouraged to prep for winter driving

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Nov 3rd - 9:58pm

When winter weather arrives, people start to think about their tires, and that is keeping tire dealers very busy.

Over 1K aggressive drivers ticketed in recent UHP blitz

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Nov 2nd - 10:28pm

Over the last several months, the Utah Highway Patrol had aggressive driving on its radar to rein in deadly crashes.

12-year-old boy hit by car outside West Valley elementary school

Josh Furlong  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 5:20pm

A 12-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle outside an elementary school in West Valley City Friday morning.

Video aims to educate about drug-impaired driving deaths

Chris Larson  |  Posted  Oct 15th - 8:02am

Tena Rummage's 42-year-marriage to Randy Rummage was cut short by someone driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

1 in 5 drivers violate HOV laws, reports UHP

Geoff Liesik  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 9:22pm

The Utah Department of Transportation said 20 percent of the vehicles in the freeway express lane, or HOV lane, are there illegally. UDOT has asked the Utah Highway Patrol to help it address the problem.

Utah roads more deadly so far in 2015, UHP says

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Sep 8th - 7:52pm

With Utah roads' "100 Deadliest Days" ending over Labor Day weekend, safety advocates urge locals to refocus on zero fatalities. During this time, beginning on Memorial Day, 12 more people died this year than last year.

Road test shows deadly potential of debris

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:31pm

UDOT clears 8,000 tons of road debris from Utah highways every year. The debris can be deadly, and the UHP is urging everyone to properly secure their loads or face stiff fines.

Truckers implore motorists to turn on headlights in rainy conditions

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 10:25pm

When it starts to rain out on the roads, like it did Monday, can big trucks see you? Semitruck drivers and safety officials say turning your lights on in the rain is a common sense approach, and improves visibility and safety.

Trooper embraces family after surviving sensational crash

Jed Boal  |  Posted  Jul 20th - 10:34pm

Two weeks ago, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper David Schiers was hit and pinned by a car hydroplaning out of control. But after spending only two weeks at Intermountain Medical Center, he headed home to Parowan Monday.