Staying Safe on Utah roads during the 100 Deadliest Days
Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season. In Utah, the summer season can mean a lot of things. Along with hundreds of thousands of students taking a break from school, family trips become far more frequent. At the same time, summer marks another, more somber time; the 100 deadliest days on Utah roads.
Historically, from Memorial to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double in Utah compared to the rest of the year. This averages to nearly one death per day in the summer months. With the increased travel throughout the summer, and the inflated confidence of clear skies and dry roads, drivers are more likely to make mistakes. This is exactly why our agencies are placing emphasis on safe driving.
Last month the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Department of Public Safety held an event to raise awareness, and urge drivers to be a little more cautious when they get behind the wheel. At the event Kristina Morris shared the story of her daughter, BaiLee DiBernardo, who was hit and killed by two distracted drivers while crossing the road in 2016. Morris said since the tragic loss of BaiLee, she’s become outspoken on the dangers of distracted driving.
The truth is, research has shown that 94% of all crashes are caused by human error. That’s why UDOT and DPS, through their Zero Fatalities program target five deadly behaviors identified as the major causes of fatal crashes. Those behaviors are:
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Aggressive Driving
- Drowsy Driving
- Driving Without a Seat Belt
Transportation officials are calling on all Utahns to make a commitment to drive more aware this summer and join them in reaching a goal of zero deaths on Utah roadways.
Get more information about the Zero Fatalities program, and the five deadly behaviors here: http://ut.zerofatalities.com/