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UHP sees jump in DUI arrests over Halloween weekend

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News | Posted - Nov. 2, 2020 at 7:04 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Highway Patrol troopers were busy over the Halloween weekend.

From Oct. 31 through Nov. 1, 59 drivers were arrested for DUI, 46 "drug arrests" were made, 513 citations for speeding were handed out along with 323 warnings, and 77 crashes were investigated, according to statistics released by the UHP on Monday.

That's compared to 46 DUI and 37 drug arrests in 2019 over the same time period, the UHP states. However, there were more speeding citations in 2019 at 536, and significantly more crashes at 190.

"Halloween night was a busy night for your state troopers as they responded to multiple reckless driver calls, wrong-way vehicles and DUI crashes," the UHP said in a prepared statement.

As for the increase in DUIs from a year ago, the UHP notes that Halloween was on a Thursday last year, compared to Saturday this year.

Pat Reavy


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