UHP releases surprising data on Utah crashes

Dec 10, 2022, 10:46 AM

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(A UHP patrol car outside the Capitol in Salt Lake City. Credit: Paul Nelson)

(A UHP patrol car outside the Capitol in Salt Lake City. Credit: Paul Nelson)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Highway Patrol released statistics on crashes in Utah for 2022 and compared them to the numbers from 2021.

With less than a month left in 2022, there have been 55,299 total crashes in Utah this year. This is 1% less than last year, where there was 55,756 total crashes. 

There were 15,642 highway crashes in 2022, which is 4.2% less than 2021’s total.

UHP reported 12% less wrong-way crashes statewide and 24% less wrong-way crashes on highways.

Despite less overall crashes compared to last year, there were more fatal crashes in almost every category. There were 3% more fatal crashes statewide and 2 more wrong-way fatal crashes with a few weeks left to report.

The stats released by UHP also showed citations throughout the year. Utah had 2,871 DUI cases, 15,455 seatbelt citations, and 127 wrong-way drivers through December 5, 2022.

There were 124,860 speeding tickets given out in Utah this year. This includes 5,946 100 mph+ tickets and 2,051 reckless 105 mph+ tickets.

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UHP releases surprising data on Utah crashes