UHP: No DUI deaths or serious crashes during NYE weekend

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) Four people lost their lives in crashes over the New Year holiday weekend, but none attributed to driving impaired according to Utah Highway Patrol. 

Nathan Brown, 36, was hit by a car in Cottonwood Heights Monday after witnesses say he was intentionally walking in and out of traffic. 

Teens Wyatt and Caden Ellertson were driving two dirt bikes when they collided head-on in Corinne on New Year's Eve. 

A 13-year-old girl from Azusa, CA was killed during a Greyhound Bus crash on I-70 near the Utah/Colorado Border on New Year's Eve.

Preliminary reports show there was not a single DUI related death or serious crash on Utah's busiest roadways. 

"That's exactly what we want to see," said UHP Lt. Todd Royce. 

Troopers worked 100 extra shifts over the holiday weekend looking specifically for drivers under the influence. 

"Word on the street from troopers out working the road, they saw a lot of designated drivers, which is great," Lt. Royce said. 

UHP arrested just 40 people for the suspicion of driving under the influence during the long weekend synonymous for late night partying. 

In Orem, officers didn't arrest a single impaired driver after launching the Drunk Tank Taxi. 

"It's ultimately just to keep the roads safer," Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez recently told News4Utah.

Officers turned into designated drivers, snapping pictures with riders on Saturday and Sunday night. While they were busy well into the early morning, Lt. Martinez said they, too, didn't have a single DUI related crash. 

"As much as we, we as in law enforcement, love arresting impaired drivers, we would actually just prefer they're not on the road at all," Lt. Martinez said. 

Lt. Royce credits the lack of DUI-related deaths and serious crashes to heavy policing and drivers making better choices. 

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