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Troopers spread thin on I-15 in Davis County?

Troopers spread thin on I-15 in Davis County?



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BOUNTIFUL -- At certain times of the day, there are only four Utah Highway Patrol troopers on duty to patrol Interstate 15, the Legacy Parkway, U.S. 89 and other roads in Davis County.

It's the minimum requirement for UHP to ensure that there is adequate coverage. Still, troopers concede that it can get a little tough to cover the commuter-heavy corridors linked by bedroom communities.

"There are times when we do get a little bit down as far as spread a little thin with officers," UHP Trooper Cameron Roden told KSL NewsRadio, "especially during the wintertime, when we have a lot of crashes during the daytime."

During peak drive times, however, Roden said UHP assigns as many as eight troopers to patrol the roads. If things get hectic, it can pull from neighboring Weber County, and local police agencies are willing to jump in. Overtime shifts also help keep the roads staffed, Roden said.

"During different times of the day, mainly during our low traffic flow times of the day, we will go down to about four or five troopers," he said, "which tends to be enough coverage where we're able to answer the calls and make traffic stops."

Recently, law enforcement launched a crackdown on speeders through the Davis County corridor.

E-mail:bwinslow@ksl.com

Ben Winslow

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