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(KSL News) -- Hundred of thousands of Utahns will be packing up their cars and hitting the freeways for the holiday, and troopers say most will be speeding.
Jeff Nigebur, Utah Highway Patrol: “If there’s not a police officer around, people will do average 75 to 80 miles an hour.”
The Governors Highway Safety Association says almost one-third of all traffic deaths in the country are speed related. Just last year Utah's Highway Patrol recorded more than 15-thousand speed related wrecks.
Jeff Nigebur: "I think if you do go the speed limit it will increase your chances of living in a crash and save you money on your property damage as well."
Every year UHP receives grant money to pay for extra patrols to specifically crack down on aggressive driving.