State troopers come out in full force for holiday weekend

By Ali Monsen

Published 08/31 2014 05:30PM

Updated 08/31 2014 05:56PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The Utah Highway Patrol is adding 266 shifts to Utah roadways this Labor Day weekend.

If you find yourself in a traffic stop over the next few days, don’t say we did not warn you. The Utah Highway Patrol is on the lookout for expired registration, speeders, and impaired driving.

"This summer has been a bad summer in general, for fatalities," explained U.H.P Trooper Evan Kirby.

State troopers have made 16 D.U.I.-related arrests and investigated 2 fatalities this weekend, alone.

"One of the worst things you do is have to tell the family members that a loved one has died. That truly is just one of the hardest things you can do in this job," said Kirby.

The Utah Department of Transportation has reported nearly 100 deaths over the past 100 days.
That is why U.H.P. officers like Kirby have volunteered to work extra shifts.

Kirby says writing tickets is the last thing he wants to do and that U.H.P. officers do not have any kind of citation quota to meet. If making traffic stops will keep people driving safe, though, the state trooper says that is what he will do.

"Your priorities should be getting home safe—getting home to your loved ones, safe. Make sure you're wearing your seat belt, you’re not distracted, you're not impaired, and watch your speed," Kirby said.

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