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Drivers urged to be careful during holiday travel time

Posted at 12:26 PM, May 25, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Many people are coming home from Memorial Day weekend trips, and law enforcement officials remind them to use caution on the road.

The holiday weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days - the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day - when the likelihood of fatal crashes is nearly double the rate for the rest of the year.

"Think about the good times you had on your trip, wherever you went, whoever you were with. Don't get anxious to get home. Tomorrow morning and work will come soon enough. You'll be able to get your truck or your trailer or your camper or your call all emptied out," said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff's Office.

Cannon said it's important to buckle up and avoid speeding, avoid driving distracted and avoid driving impaired.

So far this year, more than 80 people have died in crashes on Utah roadways - the highest year-to-date fatality rate since 2017.