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A safe New Year’s Eve passes on Utah highways

First Published      Last Updated Jan 01 2014 05:21 pm

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.


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