Utah Highway Patrol will increase enforcement efforts during '100 Deadliest Days of Summer'

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Utah has seen a steady increase in the number of fatal crashes since the Memorial Day holiday weekend where only one person died on Utah's roadways.

The major cause of the fatalities has been that people are not wearing seat belts.  Utah Highway Patrol says when people are involved in crashes they are 32 times more likely to die if they are not buckled into their seat.

UHP has investigated 11 fatal crashes in the past 15 days. Since January 2014, 63.4% of all fatal crashes involving cars and trucks that are investigated by the UHP are due to the lack of seat belt use.

“It is tragic and sad to see the number of lost lives on Utah roadways since the Memorial Day Weekend" says Colonel Daniel Fuhr, Superintendent with Utah Highway Patrol.

"Troopers have been working to reduce the number of fatalities this summer but people are still losing their lives at an alarming rate on our roadways due to preventable crashes".

The UHP will increase efforts to educate motorists in Utah.

The Utah Highway Patrol is adding additional overtime shifts for troopers to work in selected target areas to combat aggressive and careless driving. These overtime shifts will last through the Labor Day weekend and hopefully reach our goal of no more fatal crashes for the rest of the summer.

Speed, DUI, seatbelt, drowsy driving and distracted driving are the five major causes of most fatal crashes.

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