100 deadliest days of summer

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Memorial Day weekend kicks off the "100 deadliest days of summer". Fatalities traditionally increase by at least 35-percent during the days between Memorial and Labor Days, according to UDOT Director of Traffic and Safety, Robert Hull.
"The weather is getting warmer. People are traveling more, there are more barbecue things are going on," -Sgt. Nathan Croft UHP
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Memorial Day weekend kicks off the "100 deadliest days of summer". Fatalities traditionally increase by at least 35-percent during the days between Memorial and Labor Days, according to UDOT Director of Traffic and Safety, Robert Hull.

He says a little awareness, planning and forethought can save lives.

"The weather is getting warmer. People are traveling more, there are more barbecue things are going on," said Sgt. Nathan Croft of the Utah Highway Patrol.

Your chances of dying in a crash increases as more cars move across Utah roads. The average number of fatalities on Utah roads during the 100 deadliest days is 96.

Take for example a May 25 rollover crash near St. George. Brayden Bracken of "The Saint George News" took photos.

Utah Highway Patrol says the woman was driving on I-15 when her car rolled. She was ejected on scene and rushed to a Las Vegas hospital in critical condition.

On May 24 two people died when their motor-home veered off the freeway and into a condo. The motor-home broke through the fence-line on south bound I-15 and then smashed through a cinder-block wall. It crashed through a home and into the garage of another home. Eight people in the r-v were injured.

On May 25 a 24-year-old motorcyclist died in Ogden when he collided with a truck.

"The sun comes out and people want to drive faster and get where they're going and that's when most of our accidents happen are in the summer," said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper, Kade Martinez.

The best safety is awareness. UHP troopers are simply asking drivers to always wear seat belts, don't drive tired or distracted and don't drink and drive.

"It seems like we do a lot more DUI blitzes during the summer months again because more people are out and there's more of the major holidays to go out and have a good time. We're all for you having a good time, just do it responsibly," Martinez said.


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