MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – In just a few hours a display of colors will be showering the skies, Utahns will be heading out to celebrate and that means more cars on the roads, but Utah Highway Patrol was already out on patrols way before the weekend hit.
“As far as the real aggressive enforcement that was Friday night, when we had our DUI enforcement blitz then we’ve continued throughout the weekend we’ve got extra patrols and extra troopers throughout the state,” said UHP Sgt Larry McGowan.
A DUI checkpoint in Davis county last night led to 7 arrests, 5 of those were for DUI’s, 4 for possession of a controlled substance, and 4 for possession of drug paraphernalia. The majority of their arrests were due to drivers smoking marijuana
“It’s not just alcohol, we also have a lot of drug related DUI’s, and that would include illicit drugs and prescription medication that can impair your ability to drive so we’re aggressively enforcing that as well,” added McGowan
As folks head off to parties and celebrations across the state, Utah Highway Patrol will increase their patrols, as d-DUI fatalities have been on the rise over the last few years.
“Last year over the 4th of July weekend we had 10 fatalities during that weekend, we don’t want to have a repeat of that this year,” said McGowan
Apart from drunk and drivers police will be looking for aggressive drivers as they’ve seen an increase in aggressive driving on the road they’ll also be out looking for seat belt violators.
“We’re aggressively enforcing the laws and keeping people safe so that we don’t have to tell all those families that their loved ones aren’t coming home,” said McGowan