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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.