Monthly Archives: March 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Daylight savings brings a warning from UDOT

For Immediate Release:

Daylight savings brings a warning from UDOT

Springing forward can cause drowsiness and poor visibility during morning commute


SALT LAKE CITY (March 9, 2018) –The Utah Department of Transportation’s Zero Fatalities program is reminding drivers to be extra alert after daylight savings on Sunday. Springing forward an hour can cause poor visibility during the morning commute, and a change in sleep cycle can result in drowsy driving.

Both of these factors require drivers to be alert and put away the distractions.

Driving during dark, dawn or dusk increases the risk of a fatal crash, especially auto-pedestrian crashes. UDOT recommends the following safe driving tips:

  • Recognize that pedestrians will be more difficult to see and be on the lookout. Slow down if needed, especially in neighborhoods, near schools and around intersections.
  • Eliminate distractions so you can focus on the task of driving. You may be a great driver, but remember, daylight savings will affect everyone on the road. Drive defensively.

Utahns need to recognize that their body will take time to adjust when losing an hour on Sunday. According to a study in the journal “Sleep Medicine Reviews,” a seemingly small one-hour shift in the sleep cycle can affect sleep for up to a week or longer. Here are some additional tips to stay safe:

  • Reduce your risk for daylight savings-induced drowsiness by resetting your internal body clock slowly. For the next two nights set your alarm clock for another 15 minutes earlier and go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Enjoy the weekend, be active to tire yourself out so it will be easier to fall asleep earlier.
  • Make sure you are awake before getting in your vehicle to drive. If you experience the symptoms of sleepiness while driving, pull over to a safe place and take a power nap.

To learn more about avoiding drowsy driving or improving pedestrian safety, visit


Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
Cell: 801-560-7740

#WorkForUsWednesday – March 8, 2018

Welcome to another #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT.  Today we have TWO new positions open at UDOT. They’re both for Transportation Technicians. Trans Techs are the frontline of our workforce, fixing potholes and plowing roads. Check out the listings below.

Click on the links below to apply and come join a workforce of over 1,600 people, whose mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life.

  • Recruitment #15226 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 – Salina, Opens 3/06/18, Closes 3/09/18.  Click here to apply.
  • Recruitment #15175 – Transportation Technician II – Clearfield, Region 1, Opens 3/1/18, Closes 3/15/18.  Click here to apply.

Visit the Utah State Jobs website at any time to see all open positions with the department. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation. We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

Media Briefing: With 11 Crashes Already this Winter, UDOT Urges Drivers to Not Pass the Plow

Media Briefing: With 11 Crashes Already this Winter, UDOT Urges Drivers to Not Pass the Plow

Despite new technology to improve visibility, vehicles continue crashing into plows



With a new storm in the forecast, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges drivers to stop passing snow plows.

During the 2016-17 winter season, UDOT snow plows were hit 60 times. In order to curb this trend, UDOT installed new LED light whips to increase visibility of the snow plow wings. Despite this improved visibility, crashes continue. During last week’s storm, two snow plows were hit as drivers attempted to pass, bringing the total to 11 crashes this winter.

One of UDOT’s plow operators whose truck was hit will be available for interviews and provide reminders to drivers for staying safe around snow plows.


Friday, March 2, at 9 a.m.


UDOT Calvin Rampton Complex
4501 South 2700 West in Taylorsville
East side of the building in the heavy equipment storage areas

Directions: Pull into the lot on the south side of the building, then drive around to the back where snow plows are parked.

Stephan Foster, UDOT snow plow operator
Jason Davis, UDOT director of operations



–       Photos of plow crashes

–       Up-close view of UDOT plows and other equipment

–       B-roll of snow plow operations

–       New LED light whip model


Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
Cell: 801-560-7740