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Letter: Could awful Utah driving habits be linked to high rate of mental illness?

Published March 20, 2014 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated.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.

Having lived in several states, I've witnessed reckless driving habits of countless individuals from all walks of life, but I have yet to see a group of drivers as reckless, nay repulsive, as the ones I have seen here in this great state.

After reading about our high rate of mental illness, the highest in the nation, actually, I thought that maybe the two were linked in some sort of way ("Two faces of Utah: Healthy but mentally ill," Tribune, March 16).

Does the "Awe, $?@! it" attitude of a lot of drivers have a deeper meaning? I sure as heck don't know, but I think it's worth looking into.

Whatever level your mental stability is at, let's please try to be safer out on our roads. Lives depend on it.

Michael McKay

Salt Lake City