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SALT LAKE CITY — Statistics show that a 13-year-old boy who died in West Jordan Tuesday was the fourth person in Utah to be killed on a bike in the month of April.
Those numbers are leading Bike Utah to increase their awareness campaign.
"Yeah, I am excited to see this investment in healthy living in our state," said Jenn Oxborrow with Bike Utah.
With temperatures increasing across the state, more people will be outside, and on bikes.
"I am feeling increasingly worried about our safety and way that we have regard for each other overall," Oxborrow said.
Bike Utah has very real concerns as they've seen more and more bikers getting hit by cars. They're hoping to get the message out that people need to pay more attention on the roads.
"It's scary how often it's an intoxicated driver, and they're leaving the scene," Oxborrow said.
Utah Department of Public Safety data shows 29% of Utah road fatalities involve people who are not in a vehicle.
"So, when you're driving, focus on driving and do that one thing really well," Melody Cutler, public information officer at Unified Police Department, said.
Police officials say they can attest to the trend — they've seen more people getting hit by cars.
In 2020, 105 cars hit people. It went up to 112 in 2021. This year, there have been 31, so far.
When you're driving, focus on driving and do that one thing really well.
–Melody Cutler, Unified Police Department
"Take that and say it's a quarter of the year. Multiply that. That's still 120, and we aren't even into the summer months yet," Cutler said. "Those 31 have occurred in the winter months."
Bike Utah educates bikers on safety all the time, but they say it's time for drivers to start behaving better.
"Definitely not sending the right message if people are acquiring a long list of driving infractions," Oxborrow said.