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MADD, Utah Highway Patrol push for holiday drunk-driving awareness

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - In the last hour, somebody was killed by a drunk driver. It happens, on average, every 40 minutes and those numbers will only go up during the holidays. That's why the Utah Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are taking an aggressive approach this year.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - In the last hour, somebody was killed by a drunk driver. It happens, on average, every 40 minutes and those numbers will only go up during the holidays. That's why the Utah Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are taking an aggressive approach this year.

UHP Trooper Amy Fallows sees it happen in Utah often. She says, "I hate to see it, especially when it ends in a crash. Luckily mine today did not but it could very easily have happened because he was all over the road.”

Fallows arrested a man on Wednesday for DUI.

Other drivers called for help after seeing his car weaving in and out of traffic. She observed, "I'm surprised he didn't hit anyone because he was going so slow on the freeway too, and people were flying up the side."
DUIs in Utah are not uncommon - in fact the numbers are on the rise. That's why UHP put more troopers on their DUI squad and why Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is part of a new television ad campaign.

The ad focuses not just on the physical pain of a DUI crash, but the emotional impact.

Here is something to think about before you get in your car: According to MADD, every day in Utah 35 hundred people are out on the roads, driving drunk.

On Wednesday, thanks to Trooper Fallows and some alert drivers, that number is one less. She says, "It's nice for me as a trooper to be able to do something about it. To stop the people and see if they are DUI and keep the roads safe for people."

15 thousand people are arrested every year for DUI and troopers say especially over the next 5 weeks there will be checkpoints across the state.
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