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Alex Cabrero reportingThe roads are dangerous enough without drunk drivers. In Utah, we have the lowest DUI death rate in the nation. But even one is too many.
Don't drink and drive. We hear it almost every day. But every day, there is a DUI arrest in Utah.
Highway patrol officers are sick of it, especially Trooper Shawn Thomas. He's seen things no one should see.
The worse part... all of it... could've been prevented.
Just yesterday, an Orangeville, Utah, man was hit and killed by a drunk driver near Soldier Summit. Joseph Lott, 43, died on the spot.
Trooper Thomas says he's hearing more of those type of stories and worries about the holidays coming up.
Shawn Thomas/ Utah Highway Patrol: "(There are) going to be a lot of Christmas parties, going to be a lot of things, which is great. People want to enjoy themselves, that's fine. All we ask is be responsible."
Trooper Thomas works Friday and Saturday nights in Salt Lake City. He says it's a guarantee on each of those nights, he will make a DUI arrest.
So far, DUI numbers are down in Utah this year, but again, the holidays are just ahead.