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UDOT describes spike in auto-pedestrian fatalities as ‘incredibly frustrating’

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 20:16:54-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- There have been 45 Utahns who have died as a result of auto-pedestrian accidents so far in 2015.

The numbers from the Utah Department of Transportation and Zero Fatalities Utah show nearly one death per week on average, and December has been even worse.

"We've had five pedestrians killed in just the last two weeks, and it's incredibly frustrating because it's so preventable," said John Gleason, public information officer for UDOT.

With two weeks to go, 2015 is already deadlier than the previous year. Utah experienced 37 auto-pedestrian deaths in 2014.