Utah Department of Public Safety

Highway Safety - Impaired Driving

 

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a frequently committed crime in Utah: there were more than 11, 600 arrests for DUI in Utah in 2013. You can find additional details about DUI arrests in Utah in this report (which contains fiscal year data). In addition to arrests, impaired driving leads to death: 39 in 2011, accounting for 16% of all of Utah's traffic-related fatalities. 

Arrests, injuries and deaths caused by impaired driving can be prevented. Choose to drive sober

 

The Highway Safety Office leads statewide efforts to eliminate impaired driving, through a combination of education and enforcment programs.

 

Truth About Consequences

Through a combination of community partners, statewide programs and a media campaign, the HSO works to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of impaired driving, as well as how to prevent it. Oftentimes, an arrest is just the first of many consequences a person will face for driving under the influence. Total costs for fines and fees is estimated to run in the neighborhood of $10,000, and that doesn't include the increased insurance premiums that can result from a DUI arrest. First time offenders in Utah can be required to get an ignition interlock device installed on all vehicles registered to them. A DUI arrest can cause some people to lose their jobs, and it can be a barrier to employment, too.


Drug Impaired Driving

 

 

Does your prescription drug bottle warn you not to operate heavy equipment when taking the medication? Heavy equipment includes your vehicle.


Did you know that you can be arrested for DUI for drugs that your doctor has prescribed to you? You can. Drug-impaired driving -- for both prescription and illegal drugs -- is a growing problem in Utah. Law enforcement officers received specialized training to recognize drug impaired drivers, and drivers arrested for driving under the influence of drugs face the same penalities as drunk drivers. The Use Only As Directed Campaign provides detailed information about the appropriate use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs.

 

In 2012, there were 765 drug-impaired driver crashes in Utah, which resulted in 545 injured persons and 40 deaths.

Click here for drug-impaired driver fact sheet.

Click here for the web exclusive drug-impaired driver crash summary section.

 

 

DUI Checkpoint Trailers

If your police agency would like to hold a DUI checkpoint, our trailers can provide you with most of the equipment you will need.


To schedule the DUI Checkpoint Trailer please contact the Highway Safety Office at 801-366-6040


If you have questions about the trailer, please contact Sgt. Ted Tingey at 801-556-8051 or ttingey@utah.gov.


For more information

 

Please contact

 

Teri Pectol

Program Manager

801-580-5905

tpectol@utah.gov

 

[Last Update - Thursday, 10-Apr-2014 12:54:59 MDT]