According to the Salt Lake Tribune, fewer people have died on Utah’s roads in 2009 than 2007 or 2008. The Utah Department of Transportation reports 238 deaths in 2009 down from the 276 reported traffic fatalities in 2008 and also fewer than the 299 reported in 2007.
Much can be attributed to driver education, specifically the “Zero Fatalities” campaign that focuses on driver safety.
UDOT’s Scott Thompson also points out that many of those who died in traffic accidents in 2009 weren’t wearing their seat belts. Forty percent of Utah’s deadly traffic accidents in 2008 were due to people not using their seat belts.
This is great news for Utah drivers. Zero Fatalities appears to be working and we still see room to improve. Wearing a seat belt is something that should be habit and could prevent even more Utah traffic fatalities in 2010.
Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.