UDOT Hopes for Safer Holiday Weekend

Published on August 28, 2014 at 12:19PM

Credit: The Salt Lake Tribune

The upcoming Labor Day weekend marks the end of the “100 deadliest days” of summer driving, and state highway officials openly hope that Utahns drive more safely this holiday than they have during the rest of the summer. Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, told The Salt Lake Tribune that Utah had 91 fatalities so far, up by 18 from last summer. Braceras blames several causes, but especially points to motorists not wearing seat belts. He said 27 f this summer’s deaths were related to people not wearing them. UDOT is encouraging drivers to get plenty of rest, don’t push yourself, and avoid distracted driving.