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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Have A Fun, Safe Memorial Day Holiday

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and many people have outdoor recreation on their minds. We hope they also stop to remember the reason for this holiday, reflect on our shared heritage and pay tribute to those who have sacrificed to preserve our nation and way of life.

We encourage safety as you head outdoors. Utah Highway Patrol troopers will be out in force to help motorists, and to encourage safe driving. In an unusual move, 75 temporary headstones have been placed along I-15 to remind motorists of the tragic consequences that can come from distracted or impaired driving. (75 people have died so far this year on Utah roads.)

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the safety blitz. Here's a quote:

"We want to focus on making it a zero-fatality weekend for Memorial Day," said Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson, standing before those headstones. Officials started a press conference there with 74 headstones, but added a 75th when they were notified of another highway death Thursday morning.

The Deseret News has this article listing 10 great spots to visit this holiday weekend. The article provides basic information and includes iconic photos. These spots are highlighted.


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