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Statistics show dry roads more deadly than icy ones

Statistics show dry roads more deadly than icy ones



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The Utah Department of Public Safety says the overwhelming majority of deadly car crashes occur on dry roads, not snowy, icy ones.

In fact, over the last decade, 86 percent of deadly crashes in Utah were on dry roads.

The Department of Public Safety tells the Salt Lake Tribune there were more crashes in bad weather, but many of them were not serious. Only 6 percent of fatal crashes on state highways occurred when roads were covered in snow, ice or slush. Eight percent occurred on a wet surface.

The Unified Fire Authority says most drivers are more careful when the roads are treacherous compared to when they are dry.

E-mail: tcallan@ksl.com

Tom Callan

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