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NEWS RELEASE: Zero Fatalities installs sidewalk clings to help encourage pedestrian safety

For Immediate Release

Zero Fatalities installs sidewalk clings to help encourage pedestrian safety

Historically, December is the second deadliest month for pedestrian deaths in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (December 13, 2017) – Zero Fatalities has installed outdoor advertisements as part of the “Heads Up” pedestrian safety campaign, reminding people to stay alert when walking this holiday season. Twenty sidewalk clings were placed from Ogden to Provo along with retro-reflective advertisements at 50 bus shelters throughout Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) selected intersections with high pedestrian traffic and crashes.

“Unfortunately, we see far too many pedestrian deaths, especially this time of year” said UDOT Traffic and Safety Director Robert Miles. “We hope these messages will remind Utahns to be more aware and more careful when walking close to traffic.”

There are two different sidewalk clings. One reads, “The driver didn’t see the pedestrian. The pedestrian didn’t see the driver. Watch for cars, they might not see you.” The second cling reads, “Your life is in danger. Watch for cars, they might not see you.”

“Pedestrian deaths are 100-percent preventable,” Miles said. “But to prevent pedestrian fatalities, drivers and pedestrians must work together.”

Pedestrian fatalities are increasing at an alarming rate in Utah and across the Nation. This year, 40 pedestrians have been killed on Utah roads, already surpassing the total number of pedestrian deaths in 2016. In Utah, historical crash data shows pedestrian fatalities increase during the fall and winter months. December is the second deadliest month, second to October, for pedestrian fatalities.

Zero Fatalities offers these simple tips to preventing an auto-pedestrian crash:

Drivers, remember to

●     Always be on the lookout for pedestrians.

●     Always yield right of way to pedestrians.

●     Never speed, drive distracted, drowsy or impaired.

Pedestrians, remember to:

●     Never assume the right of way and stay alert

●     Cross at designated crosswalks and adhere to traffic signs and signals

●     Be visible, by wearing reflective materials when possible

●     When doing everything right, still assume drivers can’t see you.

 

Media Contact:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560- 7740

 

Sidewalk locations

 

City

Main Road Name

Cross Street/Address

Cling Creative

Clearfield

State St.

700 South (Hwy 193)

6-panel

Cottonwood Heights

3000 E

Cottonwood Pkwy,

Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd

Body Outline

Draper

1300 E

S of Pioneer Rd (12400 S) roundabout

Body Outline

Kaysville

200 North

D&RG Rail Trail crossing (West of Flint St.)

Body Outline

Layton

Hillfield Road

Antelope

Body Outline

Lehi

I-15

SR 92

Body Outline

Midvale

7200 S

Bingham Jct Blvd

6-panel

Midvale

7720 S

Main St (700 W)

Body Outline

Ogden

Washington Blvd

12th Street

6-panel

Ogden

Harrison BLVD

30th Street

Body Outline

Orem

1600 N

400 E

Body Outline

Provo

University Ave (US-189)

University Pkwy (SR-265)

Body Outline

Provo

US 189

4800 N

6-panel

Salt Lake City

400 South (US-89)

Main Street

6-panel

Salt Lake City

300 West (US-89)

South Temple

6-panel

Salt Lake City

South Campus Drive (SR-282)

Mario Capecchi

6-panel

Salt Lake City

1300 S

700 East

Body Outline

Salt Lake City

Redwood Road

North Temple

Body Outline

South Jordan

River Front Pkwy

Between 10600 S and River Stone Way (Rdbt)

Body Outline

West Valley

2700 W

3590 South

6-panel

 

 

Bus Shelter Locations:

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CITY

LOCATION DESCRIPTION

COPY

1

West Valley

Redwood E/S   N/O 3500 S  S/F

The Driver

2

West Valley

Redwood E/S   N/O 3500 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

3

West Valley

Redwood E/S   N/O 3500 S  S/F

Pedistrian and Driver

4

West Valley

3100 S N/S   E/O Decker Lake Dr  S/F

The Pedestrian

5

West Valley

4000 W W/S   S/O 3500 S  N/F

The Driver

6

West Valley

4000 W W/S   S/O 3500 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

7

West Valley

4000 W W/S   S/O 3500 S  N/F

Pedistrian and Driver

8

West Valley

3500 S N/S   W/O 4150 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

9

West Valley

4800 W W/S   N/O 3500 S  N/F

The Driver

10

West Valley

4100 S N/S   W/O 1500 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

11

Taylorsville

2200 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

The Driver

12

Taylorsville

4700 S S/S   W/O 1200 W  W/F

The Driver

13

West Valley

2700 W W/S   S/O 3650 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

14

Salt Lake City

2700 W E/S   S/O 4100 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

15

Taylorsville

2700 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

The Driver

16

Taylorsville

2700 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

17

Taylorsville

2700 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

Pedistrian and Driver

18

West Valley

4000 W E/S   N/O 4700 S  S/F

The Driver

19

Taylorsville

4700 S S/S   W/O US Hwy Bangerter  W/F

The Pedestrian

20

Taylorsville

4015 W E/S   N/O 5400 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

21

South Salt Lake

3300 S N/S   E/O 1100 W  E/F

The Driver

22

South Salt Lake

State St W/S   S/O 2950 S  N/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

23

South Salt Lake

West Temple E/S   N/O 3300 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

24

Salt Lake County

3300 S N/S   E/O 700 E  E/F

The Driver

25

Salt Lake County

3900 S N/S   W/O 900 E  E/F

The Driver

26

South Salt Lake

500 W E/S   N/O 3900 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

27

Murray

4500 S N/S   W/O 500 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

28

Salt Lake County

900 E E/S   N/O Van Winkle Expy  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

29

Murray

5400 S S/S   E/O 1300 W  W/F

The Pedestrian

30

Murray

5400 S N/S   W/O 700 W  E/F

The Pedestrian

31

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 4800 S  N/F

The Driver

32

Murray

State St W/S   S/O 5300 S  N/F

The Driver

33

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 5900 S  N/F

The Driver

34

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 5900 S  S/F

The Pedestrian

35

Murray

State St W/S   N/O 5900 S  N/F

Pedistrian and Driver

36

Murray

State St E/S   N/O 6400 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

37

Murray

900 E E/S   N/O 5900 S  S/F

The Driver

38

Midvale

Fort Union Blvd S/S   E/O S 700 E  W/F

The Driver

39

Midvale

Fort Union Blvd S/S   E/O S 700 E  E/F

The Pedestrian

40

Midvale

Fort Union Blvd S/S   E/O S 700 E  W/F

Pedistrian and Driver

41

Midvale

Union Park Ave W/S   N/O 7180 S  N/F

The Pedestrian

42

Provo

550 W W/S   S/O University Pkwy  N/F

The Driver

43

Provo

State St E/S   N/O 1230 N  S/F

The Driver

44

Provo

500 W E/S   S/O 1230 N  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

45

Provo

University Ave W/S   N/O Canyon Rd  N/F

The Driver

46

Provo

University Ave E/S   N/O 100 N  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

47

Sunset

Main St W/S   S/O 1300 N  N/F

The Pedestrian

48

Roy

1900 W E/S   S/O 4400 S  S/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

49

Roy

1900 W W/S   S/O 5600 S  N/F

Drivers Can’t Always See You!

50

South Ogden

Washington Blvd E/S   S/O 37th St  S/F

The Pedestrian

view images for each install here and time lapse video of an install here.

MEDIA BRIEFING: UDOT Canyon Patroller Injured in Head-on Crash Urges Utah Drivers to Prepare for Winter

Media Briefing: UDOT Canyon Patroller Injured in Head-on Crash Urges Utah Drivers to Prepare for Winter

UDOT to offer safety tips as winter recreation season begins  

WHAT:

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will host a media briefing to urge drivers to be prepared for snowy weather, and to take extra precautions when driving through Utah’s canyon areas.

A UDOT canyon patrol driver recently injured in a head-on collision will share her story and provide tips on how to stay safe on the road this winter.

WHEN:
Friday, Dec. 1, at 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:
Cardiff Fork Trailhead (Donut Falls) Parking Lot
Big Cottonwood Canyon

 Directions: Take the I-215 east belt to 6200 South. Follow 6200 South to S.R. 190/Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. Turn left on Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and travel approximately 9 miles up the canyon; the parking lot will be on the right.

 

WHO:

Brittany Kidd, Big & Little Cottonwood Canyon patrol driver

Jake Brown, UDOT roadway operations manager

 

VISUALS:

–       Photos of crashed canyon patrol vehicle

–       Vehicles traveling in Big Cottonwood Canyon

 

– UDOT –

Media Contact:
John Gleason
Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

Don’t Have an “Eclipse” in Judgement

Solar Eclipse 2017

Today Utah will experience a partial solar eclipse. We want to remind drivers not to  have an “eclipse” in judgement during that brief event. Keep the following in mind if you’re driving this morning:
  • Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
  • Exit the highway to safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
  • Don’t take photographs while driving!
  • Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
  • Watch out for pedestrians along smaller roads. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside in the hours around the eclipse to get the best view.
  • Prepare for extra congestion on the interstates after the eclipse.
  • Avoid travel during the eclipse if you can.

Additional eclipse travel information can be found at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/eclipse.htm

Media briefing: Drowsy driving crashes increase in summer

Media briefing: Drowsy driving crashes increase in summer

Safety advocates and mother of crash victim warn travelers & outdoor enthusiasts to never drive drowsy

WHAT:

Zero Fatalities is urging drivers to avoid drowsy driving this summer, as fatigued-related crashes increase every year during the summer months. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Sleep Smart. Drive Smart. will host a media briefing with the mother of a teen who died in a drowsy driving-related crash.

With the first day of summer fast approaching, safety advocates ask drivers to be aware of the symptoms and risks associated with drowsy driving – and to drive safely. In Utah, more than 1,000 drowsy driving related crashes occur each year. Fatigue among drivers and passengers significantly increases the risk for a serious or fatal car crash. Not only does little sleep and physical activity cause fatigue, but so does sun exposure, especially during the hottest hours of the day.

 

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Blackridge Reservoir

15000 S Ashland Ridge Dr. in Herriman

WHO:

  • Lucinda Campbell, mother of Tyler Blais, who died while driving home from a summer trip to the Grand Canyon
  • John Gleason, UDOT public information officer
  • Troy Tait, Sleep Smart. Drive Smart. spokesperson

VISUALS:

Summer activities at the reservoir

Photos of Tyler and family

Thumb drive with photos and PSA

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason,
UDOT Public Information Officer
801.560.7740
jgleason@utah.gov

HAPPENING TODAY: Mother of teen killed in crosswalk warns drivers to be safe during 100 Deadliest Days

For Immediate Release

 

Mother of teen killed in crosswalk warns drivers to be safe during 100 Deadliest Days

Fatal crashes nearly double from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day in Utah
WHAT:          
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will mark the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days with a media event on Thursday
 
The family of 17-year-old BaiLee DiBernardo, who was hit and killed by two distracted drivers while walking in a crosswalk near her home and school, will be available to speak with reporters.
 
The event marks the beginning of ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for travel on Utah roadways. From Memorial Day to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double compared to the rest of the year. With 94 percent of all fatal crashes being caused by human error (including distracted driving, speeding, exhaustion, impairment and not buckling up), UDOT and the UHP urge drivers to focus on the road and strive for Zero Fatalities.
 
This year, 88 people have died on Utah roads. In 2016 distracted drivers took 27 lives and caused 147 serious injuries. 
 
WHEN:          
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – Kristina Morris will share her daughter’s crash story
9:35 – 10:30 a.m. – One-on-one interviews
 
WHERE:       
Near pedestrian crosswalk (Fort Lane & Lindsay): 201 N Fort Lane, Layton, UT 84041
 
**** Please avoid parking on Fort Lane. Parking available on Lindsay St. behind the fire station along the fence, or on the South side of the America First Credit Union. ****
 
WHO:
  • Kristina Morris (BaiLee’s mother) and family members
  • Col. Michael Rapich, UHP
  • John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer
MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer

Media Event: UDOT and DPS to release preliminary 2016 traffic fatality numbers

UDOT and DPS to release preliminary 2016 traffic fatality numbers

Safety advocates ask Utahns to honor lives lost by choosing to drive safely

 

WHAT: On Wednesday, UDOT and DPS will release preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2016. Leadership from the Departments of Transportation and Public Safety will be available at the State Capitol for one-on-one interviews.

Markers will fill the West staircase in the Capitol, one for each life lost on Utah roads in 2016, in memoriam and as a reminder to always put safety first while driving.

Prior to the media availability, the preliminary 2016 fatalities report will be emailed to media at 8 a.m. Wednesday to allow time for review.

 

WHEN: Media Availability Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 10 a.m.

  • 10 a.m.  Welcome, John Gleason (UDOT PIO) and Marissa Villasenor (DPS PIO)

  • 10:05 a.m.  One-on-one interviews, Carlos Braceras and Commissioner Keith Squires

 

WHO:

  • Director Carlos Braceras, UDOT

  • Commissioner Keith Squires, DPS

 

VISUALS:

  • Memorial markers depicting the number of Utah’s 2016 traffic-related deaths

  • Display of 2016 fatality numbers as infographics. Infographics will be made available to media, digitally and in print

 

WHERE: Utah State Capitol Rotunda, 350 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

 

CONTACTS:

John Gleason, UDOT PIO
801-560-7740
jgleason@utah.gov

Marissa Villasenor, DPS PIO
801.793.8025
mvillasenor@utah.gov

Media Availability: Teen Survivors & Safety Advocates Urge Utahns—Buckle Up this Thanksgiving and Always

For Immediate Release:

Teen Survivors & Safety Advocates Urge Utahns—Buckle Up this Thanksgiving and Always

Buckled, roll-over crash leaves teens grateful for seat belts and a second chance at life

 

WHAT: Media availability with Utah teen crash survivors* and their families to remind Utahns to always buckle up – especially this holiday season.

The Utah Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety and the Hold on to Dear Life campaign are encouraging increased seat belt use during Thanksgiving holiday travel. Utah law enforcement officers will be working Click It or Ticket overtime shifts to stop and educate unbuckled motorists.

*Six teens rolled their truck along Alpine Loop near Sundance on October 15, 2016. All six survived the crash with minimal injury, and credited seat belts for saving their lives.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 from 11a.m. – 12 p.m.

11 a.m. Welcome and introductions
11:05 a.m. Brief review of teen crash
11:10 a.m. Colonel Rapich remarks
11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.  One-on-one interviews

WHERE: RC Willey, 2301 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT

WHO:

  • Teen crash survivors Lauren Monson (17), Kaylee Dial (16), Dylan Verbanatz (17), Brooklyn Hale (17), Doyoung Park (17) – and family members
  • Representatives from UDOT and UHP, including the UHP trooper first on scene
  • Hold on to Dear Life Representatives

VISUALS:

  • Teens and family members
  • Photo display of the crashed truck, friends and homecoming
  • RC Willey living spaces
  • Hold on to Dear Life PSA highlighting teens

WHY: Nearly 50 percent of traffic fatalities are unbuckled. Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury. This Thanksgiving holiday will be one of the busiest on Utah roads.

Media Contacts:

John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

Sgt. Todd Royce
UHP Public Information Officer
troyce@utah.gov
Cell: 801-556-8261

Zero Fatalities Seeking Utah’s Top Teen Talent for 2017 Super Bowl Spot

 For Immediate Release:

 

Zero Fatalities Seeking Utah’s Top Teen Talent for 2017 Super Bowl Spot

Teens can submit videos about traffic safety for the chance to win coveted airtime during the Big Game

 

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 10, 2016) – UDOT’s Zero Fatalities program is calling on Utah teens to submit their best safety video for a chance to have it air during the 2017 Super Bowl. Teens throughout the state are encouraged to submit a 25-second video from now until January 6, 2017, on the Zero Fatalities website.

All entrants will receive five movie ticket vouchers for entering. Entrants submitting before December 10, 2016 will receive five movie tickets to a private, opening-weekend showing of Star Wars: Rogue One, at Jordan Commons, while tickets last.

The winning video will air during the Super Bowl telecast in February.

“When it comes to traffic safety, the most influential spokesperson for teens are their peers,” said Kristen Hoschouer, manager of the Zero Fatalities program for the Utah Department of Transportation. “The aim of this contest is to get teens to pay attention to the very important and serious issue of increasing teen driving safety, while also building a network of teen traffic-safety advocates who understand that zero teen fatalities is the only acceptable goal.”

To be considered, a submitted video must be:

  • Teen directed and produced
  • 25 seconds in length
  • Focused on Zero Fatalities and the five deadly driving behaviors. (Note: the video doesn’t have to include all five behaviors [distracted, drowsy, aggressive, impaired driving and not buckling up], but must address at least one behavior.)
  • Submitted no later than Jan. 6, 2017. Submissions must be made on the Zero Fatalities website, at ZeroFatalities.com/contest/.

Last year, 25 teens died in crashes on Utah roads. As of the end of October, there have already been 26 teen deaths in 2016. More than 60 percent of teen traffic fatalities were unbuckled in 2015. Statistics suggest drivers under the age of 20 are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash.

“When it comes to combating the behaviors killing teens on Utah roads, teen-to-teen communication is incredibly powerful,” Hoschouer said. “Not only will this contest get teens thinking about how they can improve their driving, but it will help further the family and community discussion needed to save lives.”

To learn more about the contest, visit ZeroFatalities.com/contest/.

Media Contact:

John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

Also available for interview:
Chad Lythgoe
Drivers Education Teacher – Wood Cross High School
clythgoe@dsdmail.net
Cell: 801-725-1048

10th Annual Utah Fallen Officer Memorial Ride – An Employee Perspective

By Lisa Miller, Traveler Information Manager

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Over the course of my career at UDOT, I’ve been fortunate to be involved in many unique opportunities that support Utah’s economy and keeps Utah moving. From special events that draw hundreds of thousands of attendees, to Governor Inaugurations and every day traffic events, we get to interact with a variety of UDOT partners on a regular basis. One of our most frequent partners, law enforcement, goes above and beyond every day to keep us safe. For that reason, I felt that the 10th Annual Utah Fallen Officers Memorial motorcycle ride was one that could not be missed.

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UDOT Region 2 staff and Utah Highway Patrol dispatchers participated in the ride.

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Billy is a UDOT employee and works in the Incident Management Team.

On Sunday, August 21, thousands of motorcycle riders began the tribute ride in Lindon, Utah. Several UDOT employees participated in the event as a way to thank and support our law enforcement partners. UDOT’s Incident Management Team (IMT) drivers interact with Utah Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies on a daily basis. The ride progressed through Utah’s beautiful mountainside scenery and eventually led to the Utah State Capitol for a memorial ceremony.

Once the ride attendees reached the capitol, the memorial ceremony included a message from Colonel Michael Rapich from the Utah Highway Patrol. Officer Doug Barney, who was killed in the line of duty in January 2016, had several family members attending the event. Officer Barney’s young son, Jack, addressed the group with poise and said he visits the Memorial at the Capitol often. The Salt Lake City Police Department’s Explorer program, which allows teenage children to participate in an education program encouraging a future law enforcement career, received pins from children of fallen officers. While it was amazing to see all of the support for local law enforcement, the event was bittersweet.

 

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Utah Highway Patrol’s motor squad was well represented.

Dozens of law enforcement agencies sent their motor squads to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on Utah’s Fallen Officer Memorial, please visit https://www.utahsfallen.org/.

 

 

How GIS Improves Data Quality

Quality Data

Screenshot of UPlan

Screenshot of UPlan Map Center

State routes and associated features, like mile markers, structures, and even fiber optic cable, can be represented by geo-located points or lines. The UPlan Map Center  provides a way to put data sets on a map, which makes the location of projects and features easy to find. A map can highlight errors and aid quality control. GIS also helps facilitate feedback from decision makers and the public by connecting data owners with data users to.

While putting data on a map sounds simple, “going from a non-visual data environment to a visual one is a complete transformative game-changer,” explains Rod McDaniels, Outdoor Inventory Control (OAC) Manager. For decades, the Department’s Outdoor Advertising Control Program struggled to consistently and quickly identify which routes in the state required billboard control and to pinpoint the exact location of permitted billboards on those routes. Records for the program were kept in individual online or hard copy files which had written descriptions of billboard locations.

UDOT recently combined all route and billboard data into the Outdoor Advertising Control Map. GIS has vastly improved the OAC program’s data quality. “GIS allows users to gain a visual understanding the geographic distribution of permitted billboards in the state. It quickly tells a story that cannot be told through endless spreadsheet rows.  It has exponentially improved QC/QA activities, and it has revolutionized service delivery to a broad spectrum of stakeholders.”

A bridge too far

Putting GIS data on a map also highlights location errors. “It’s like shining a light on something that can otherwise get buried,” says Sarah Rigard, UDOT GIS Program Manager. When the UDOT Structures Division data was put on a map, some of the bridges showed up in the wrong location – one was in Nevada. “A slight typo in a lat-long coordinate will cause the point to be in the wrong location.” Checking for errors on a map can be easier and more effective than checking a spread sheet line by line.

Making decisions

The purpose of the annual Utah Transportation Commission Workshop is to develop funding strategies and identify upcoming projects for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). UDOT’s GIS team supports the workshop by developing presentation materials such as PDF maps, tables, and storymaps on UPlan. Developing presentations has spurred discussion of what information from the Electronic Program Management (ePM) database is the most useful and helpful to convey, and how that information should be presented to provide a thorough representation of transportation needs.

GIS tools provide another way review data, which improves the quality. As a result, UDOT has better information for making decisions and better tools for presenting information to stakeholders.