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Zero fatalities on Utah’s freeways over holiday weekend, troopers report

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Traffic packs southbound I-15 during rush hour at West 2700 South Street in South Salt Lake last summer. The Utah Highway Patrol reported no fatal accidents on Utah’s highways over the weekend.

Colter Peterson

SALT LAKE CITY — Despite a string of fatal crashes leading up to the holiday weekend, the Utah Highway Patrol says there were no fatalities on the freeways over the 4th of July.

From Friday through Sunday, troopers made 2,946 traffic stops. Of those, 1,982 were for speeding, 54 people were arrested for investigation of DUI and 14 people were arrested for investigation of reckless driving.

However, there were zero fatal crashes. Right before the holiday weekend, however, seven people died in three separate crashes - including two triple-fatal incidents - on July 1 and 2.

Troopers worked extra shifts over the weekend conducting DUI enforcement as well as looking for distracted drivers, seat belt violations and motorists who speed.

The Utah Highway Patrol says troopers have encountered an unusually high number of drivers this year going over 100 mph. During the first six months of 2020, troopers have issued 2,402 tickets to drivers going more than 100 mph. That’s compared to 1,816 during the same time period in 2019 and 1,798 in 2018.

Over the three-day Independence Day weekend, troopers stopped 74 drivers for going 100 mph or faster, said UHP Lt. Nick Street. The fastest speed recorded over the weekend was 126 mph. And the most over the posted speed limit someone was caught traveling was 51 mph, he said.