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UHP out in force to catch impaired drivers

The Utah Highway Patrol was out saturating the roadways to stop impaired driving on one of the biggest weekends of the year.
SOUTH SALT LAKE (ABC 4 UTAH) - The Utah Highway Patrol was out saturating the roadways to stop impaired driving on one of the biggest weekends of the year.

“It’s starting to warm up. People are starting to get out more, especially with the weather we have had,” said Trooper Brian Schultz.

ABC 4 Utah had only been riding with UHP for ten minutes when a good Samaritan called troopers on an impaired driver.

Troopers pulled the woman over and smelled alcohol right way. A series of tests were done and Vivian Tabaha was arrested for DUI.

A search of the car revealed two beer cans.

Tabaha was taken to the county jail where she blew a .149 -- nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

The woman said she had been drinking since 7 pm Friday for her sister's birthday.

“We want everybody to enjoy St. Patrick's day. Have a good time. We know there are lots of parties. We don't have a problem with that, but we also want people to get home safely,” said Trooper Schultz.

In the course of the night troopers had to deal with two DUI rollovers in Tooele County. Another trooper dealt with an impaired heroin addict.

While ABC 4 Utah was on the ride along, virtually no one was following the move over law, which requires drivers to move over into the next lane whenever anyone -- including emergency vehicles -- are pulled over on the side of the road.

If you have been drinking, AAA will tow your car and take you home for free during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Just call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and ask for the "tipsy tow" for a free trip home of up to 10 miles.

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