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With 19 dead in 11 days, UDOT pleads with Utahns to buckle up

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Posted at 8:03 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-12 20:54:54-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Eleven days into what’s known as the "100 Deadliest Days" on Utah roadways, 19 people have lost their lives in traffic-related crashes.

The Utah Department of Transportation says too many people are being ejected from vehicles after failing to properly buckle up.

The “100 Deadliest Days” is the span between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. With more than one death per day on average so far, UDOT Spokesman John Gleason is pleading with drivers to buckle up.

“If we could get everyone to wear their seat belts, that’s the single most important thing that would save your life in a crash, is if everyone wears a seat belt,” Gleason said.

Glesaon said there had been 18 deaths in the 11-day span, but later Friday evening another fatal crash occurred in Summit County.

If you are not restrained during a crash, UDOT notes that you yourself can become a projectile, injuring other people.

The Utah Department of Transportation says about 87 percent of Utahns buckle up. UDOT and others are working toward a goal of Zero Fatalities, click here for more details and safety tips.