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SALT LAKE CITY — Officials with the Utah Highway Patrol reported six fatalities since the start of the Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day marks the official end to what deputies have called, "the 100 deadliest days of summer," as the majority of traffic deaths occur in Utah between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

As "Summer Safely," UHP's newest campaign to reduce road fatalities, wraps up, troopers said they're saddened to see more fatalities.

"Having three crashes with four fatalities, it's tough," said agency spokesman Sgt. Cameron Roden. "And it's tough for families to have to deal with that after a holiday weekend. It's disappointing for us, especially when we have so many additional patrols out there, trying to make sure people are safe."

A 40-year-old man died in a head-on collision near 1100 North and Washington Boulevard in Ogden on Friday night.

On Saturday, a motorcyclist lost control on a curve in Logan Canyon and was hit by a truck pulling a trailer. In addition, a 23-year-old woman was killed in single-car rollover crash near 13400 South and Bangerter Highway, in Riverton.

On Sunday night, a single car rollover killed a driver in San Juan County. Investigators said it's unclear at this point what forced the driver off the road.

And, near Zion National Park, a driver overcorrected and veered into traffic on I-15 on Monday.

"They corrected back to the left. As they did so, they spun into the path of a van that hit them on the passenger side, killing the two occupants," Roden said.

Officials reported an increase in the number of tickets issued for drivers going more than 100 miles per hour, as well during the holiday weekend.

They also said road aggression is on the rise, adding that speed and rage become compounded with more people on the roads.

In the last month, Utah Highway Patrol has added 115 extra shifts to increase patrols for DUI, vehicle and enforcement.

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