CRIME

UHP watching for drunk drivers during New Year’s “blitz”

Dec 31, 2019, 12:54 PM
The Unified Police Department conducts an Administrative DUI checkpoint in Salt Lake City. (PHOTO: ...
The Unified Police Department conducts an Administrative DUI checkpoint in Salt Lake City. (PHOTO: File)
(PHOTO: File)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — If you drink, don’t drive. It’s a simple message, but law enforcement officials say every year a number of people ignore it and put not only their own life in danger, but the lives of everyone else on the road.

“It’s an easy choice, but it’s a horrible choice,” explains Sergeant Nick Street with Utah Highway Patrol. “The consequences can be life altering.”

Highway Patrol Troopers will be out tonight in greater numbers for their annual New Year’s DUI Blitz. Sergeant Street says at least fifty troopers will be in the Salt Lake Valley keeping an eye out for drunk drivers.

Utah has the nation’s toughest anti-drunk driving law, with a .05 blood alcohol level. With that in mind, law enforcement officials remind everyone that impairment starts with the first drink.

“You’re setting yourself up to make a bad decision,” says Sergeant Street. “It’s interesting, studies show that over-confidence is the number-one reason people get behind the wheel.”

He adds there should be no excuses tonight, since the accessibility of alternate ride-options has never been greater.

“It’s never been easier to make sure that you have a safe and sober ride home,” he explains. “Our messaging has changed to where we now tell people if you drink don’t drive, if you drink period, don’t drive.”

The message comes just hours after a fatal drunk driving crash in Taylorsville. In that wreck, one person was killed and another remains in critical condition. Cops say the vehicle that was hit was thrown at least 150 feet down the road.

Sergeant Street says the decision to drive drunk not only can ruin your life, but the life of anyone else on the road.

“It’s very selfish and there are strangers out there,” he explains. “We’re all good people, we’re all trying to get where we need to go.”

Today’s Top Stories

Crime

vail resorts...
Elizabeth Weiler

Vail Resorts facing million dollar lawsuit after a Utah bowling alley incident

PARK CITY, Utah — After a bowling incident during a company party, a jury is ordering Vail Resorts’ Mountain activities to pay over $2 million for a personal injury that caused extensive surgeries.  In April, according to a case overview, Jupiter Bowl hosted a team party for Vail employees. During the party, Vail Resorts’ employees […]
1 day ago
death sentence appeal...
Becky Bruce

State intends to appeal vacated death sentence of Utah man

The state of Utah filed paperwork Monday indicating it intends to appeal the vacated death sentence of Douglas Stewart Carter, a man first sentenced to death in 1985.
1 day ago
A teacher at the school reported shots fired to police, however, Granite School District confirmed ...
Chandler Holt

False alarm of reported shots fired near Granger Elementary

Reported shots fired were loud noises from a science experiment in another classroom, Granite School District confirmed.
1 day ago
Image of the scene in Spanish Fork where a horse was hit by a car that drove through a parade (Phot...
Chandler Holt

Car drives into parade, hits horse and rider

A car drove through barricades and onto a parade route. The vehicle drove for 7 blocks before striking the horse and rider.
2 days ago
FILE - A Montana man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the Capitol riot. (AP P...
The Associated Press

Montana man gets 3 years in prison for role in Capitol riot

A Montana man will spend three years in federal prison for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S Capitol.
4 days ago
Police in Roy are trying to determine how a vehicle crashed into an unoccupied building Friday afte...
Mark Jones

Vehicle collides with unoccupied building in Roy, no injuries

Roy Police are trying to determine how a vehicle crashed into an unoccupied building Friday afternoon. The driver was arrested after fleeing the scene.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
UHP watching for drunk drivers during New Year’s “blitz”