PROVO, Utah – March Madness in Salt Lake City and St. Patrick’s Day had the Utah Highway Patrol worried about an increase in drunk driving. That’s why they stopped 1,893 vehicles over the holiday weekend in a DUI blitz. 38 of those turned into DUI arrests.
Sergeant Todd Royce said they were pleasantly surprised that there were no alcohol-related crashes or deaths. Their goal will continue to be zero fatalities.
“Everybody says that’s not possible, but it is if you think of it as an individual. I’m not going to die in a car crash and this what I’m going to do,” Royce said.
The Department of Public Safety reported 280 road fatalities last year, reaching a 10-year high.
Royce also said he wants Brigham Young University students to know that driving fatigued is just as dangerous as driving drunk.