Troopers respond to yet another wrong-way driver on I-80 in Utah
Mar 17, 2022, 12:47 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — Just days after the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah Highway Patrol announced a plan to form a task force to address wrong-way driving in the state, troopers stopped a wrong-way driver in Parleys Canyon.
Wrong-way driver stopped in Parleys Canyon
UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden told KSL the first 911 calls came in just after 1 a.m. on Thursday, with reports of a reckless driver in Salt Lake County.
“We had multiple people calling, saying that the vehicle may have hit the barrier, hit cones and things,” Roden said.
But soon, they learned that driver was driving the wrong way — eastbound in the westbound lanes — on I-80 through Parleys Canyon.
Troopers were able to successfully stop another wrong way DUI driver last night. Thankfully no one was hurt! Wrong way truck made it from MP 128 to 137 up Parleys Canyon. @UTHighwayPatrol @UtahDPS pic.twitter.com/6P2rJatBM4
— Jeff Nigbur (@MajorNigburUHP) March 17, 2022
“Officers were able to make contact with the vehicle as it was stopped,” Roden said. “They conducted an investigation to see what was going on, and found that the driver was impaired.”
Unlike the more than 40 reported wrong-way crashes so far in Utah this year, the overnight Parleys Canyon incident ended with an arrest instead of a crash. But Roden said impaired driving remains the number one cause of wrong-way driving. But occasionally, other factors come into play — such as driving fatigued or simply being unfamiliar with the area.
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