I-80 cross-country crackdown means more Utah troopers on the highway

I-80 cross-country crackdown means more Utah troopers on the highway

From California all the way to New Jersey travelers are going to see a whole lot more troopers on the road these next couple of days. It's not about stopping more cars and generating revenue the Utah Highway Patrol says it's about saving lives.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - This July 24th holiday doesn't just mean fireworks and festivities, it also kicks off the start of a new travel safety campaign.

Utah is one of the 10 states that are putting out more cops on Interstate 80 in hopes of making more stops to save lives during one of the busiest travel times of the year

From California all the way to New Jersey travelers are going to see a whole lot more troopers on the road these next couple of days. It's not about stopping more cars and generating revenue the Utah Highway Patrol says it's about saving lives.

Colonel Daniel Fuhr of the Utah Highway Patrol told ABC 4 Utah, "We believe that the more visible presence that we have on the interstates, the less crime, less crashes, less fatalities that we're going to have."

That’s why for the next eight days there adding 125 more troopers to be on the lookout along Interstate 80. They're looking for seat belt violators, distracted drivers, drunk drivers and people who are speeding.

The Highway Patrol says in the last year 70 percent of the fatalities on Utah roadways were because people weren't wearing seat belts. In fact, they say, 90 to 95 percent of all fatalities are preventable.

The I-80 Cross-Country Crackdown begins July 24th and goes through the 31st.
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