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Utah cancels travel alerts after residents receive 'annoying' amount of messages

Posted at 3:57 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 17:59:01-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The state has canceled its wireless alert system meant for motorists crossing the Utah border, the Utah Division of Emergency Management announced Monday.

Division spokesman Joe Dougherty made the announcement during the state's daily coronavirus briefing.

The state announced last week that it would send alerts to people's cellphones as they entered the state, asking them to fill out a travel declaration.

However, some residents near the edges of the state began receiving the alerts in mass while not traveling.

"Some people clearly got an annoying number of our messages, and I would feel the same way," Dougherty said. "A small number reported receiving 15, 20, 30 messages — way beyond what we want to happen here."

The state is still, however, continuing to ask those arriving at the Salt Lake City International Airport to fill out the form.