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Fatal crashes in Tooele Co. increase

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Posted at 8:02 PM, Dec 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-19 22:02:32-05

TOOELE, Utah – The Utah Highway Patrol says the number of fatal crashes in Tooele County are up, while statewide numbers are down.

Troopers say the reason for the increase is that drivers are going too fast, under the influence and not buckling up.

Between January and November, troopers have written almost 6,000 speeding tickets, with 400 of those being more than 100 miles per hour.

“The only pattern that sticks out is number one those speeding have a likelihood of not wearing a seat belt and they are also likely to have alcohol involved,” said UHP Lt. Corey Nye.

Troopers are hoping that drivers will become more aware and the number of fatalities will decrease.