Eight Utah pedestrians hit and killed on Utah roads in October

Oct 27, 2023, 8:00 PM

A Salt Lake City, Utah, police officer is putting crime scene tape across Redwood Road near 200 Sou...

A Salt Lake City, Utah, police officer is putting crime scene tape across Redwood Road near 200 South after a pedestrian was killed.(October 13, 2023, Salt Lake City Police photo).

(October 13, 2023, Salt Lake City Police photo)

WEST JORDAN, Utah – As Utahns head into the weekend before Halloween, and a number of people killed on roadways this month, state safety officials are pleading with drivers and pedestrians to use caution.

On Friday, Utah saw its 8th deadly auto-pedestrian for October. In 2023 so far, 31 people have been hit and killed by vehicles, according to data from the Utah Department of Public Safety.

“We’ve seen a lot of crashes, especially in the month of October this year where we’ve had a lot of fatalities and so we want to raise that awareness for everybody to make sure as drivers and pedestrians we’re working together to save people’s lives,” Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cameron Roden said.

Eight pedestrians killed recently in Utah

Roden was among the local public safety officials who joined a Road to Zero Fatalities event Friday at Gardiner Village in Sandy.

Their goal was to warn as many people as possible about pedestrian safety.

“We all got to watch out for each other, Let’s just make this holiday really great,” Kristen Hoschouer, Zero Fatalities Program Manager said.

Drivers and pedestrians need to share the road, officials said.

Officials say that both drivers and pedestrians share the responsibility of keeping people safe on the road, however, UHP points out that pedestrians have much less protection.

“We share the roadways together and we need to work together,” Roden said.

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Eight Utah pedestrians hit and killed on Utah roads in October