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A safe New Year's Eve passes on Utah highways

Published January 1, 2014 5:26 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The Utah Highway Patrol had reason to celebrate Wednesday — a third New Year's Eve came and went without a fatality on Utah's highways.

There was only one serious crash — an allegedly drunk driver was involved in a rollover, the UHP added. About 1 a.m., a car going too fast for the turn from northbound Interstate 215 to eastbound Interstate 80 went into the oncoming lanes before correcting, hitting a rock in the right shoulder and rolling onto its top.

The 23-year-old driver was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence. A subsequent breath test showed he was double the legal limit, according to UHP. The car was brand new, too: 4 hours old with 78 miles on it, UHP added in a news release.

The troopers who ran a DUI blitz in Salt Lake County stopped at least 178 drivers during the last night of 2013. Twenty-one people were arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, including the 23-year-old, while two people were arrested under the "not a drop" law that prohibits drivers younger than 21 from getting behind the wheel with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system.

mmcfall@sltrib.com

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