The New Car Dealers of Utah, through its Good Wheels charitable program, plans to donate $5,000 to the Utah Highway Patrol to help stop drunk and impaired driving during the Labor Day weekend.
It intends to donate a check on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at the Utah Highway Patrol section office located at 5681 S. 230 West in Murray.
"This marks the third time this year that we've donated $5,000 to the Utah Highway Patrol to fight impaired driving," said Craig Bickmore, the executive director of the New Car Dealers of Utah. "We also made donations for New Year's Eve and Memorial Day. During New Year's Eve, the Utah Highway Patrol had 72 DUI-related arrests across the state."
With the $5,000 donation, the Utah Highway Patrol will be able to add an additional 20 shifts over the holiday weekend. Highway Patrol officials estimate that expanded effort could potentially save 20-plus lives.
"Utah Highway Patrol troopers statewide will be out targeting impaired drivers. We want everyone to arrive at their destinations safely, but that will mean slowing down, wearing seat belts, paying attention and not driving while impaired," Utah Highway Patrol Col. Daniel Fuhr said.