Motorists involved in a crash with no injuries should move to the side of the interstate, drive along the emergency lane, stop at the nearest ramp and call 911.
Staying on the freeway after a minor crash is dangerous for the people involved, the traveling public and for Utah Highway Patrol Troopers who respond to help. Last weekend, a trooper’s car was hit and he was nearly killed while responding to a crash.
With higher traffic volumes on interstates, UHP has seen an increase in secondary crashes caused by traffic congestion following fender benders. Clearing crashed vehicles off the interstates helps prevent a minor crash from turning into a tragedy.
So far this year, 20 troopers have been involved in crashes that have occurred on Utah freeways. “We’re working for Zero,” says UHP Superintendent Danny Fuhr.
UDOT is helping spread the message by placing signs that read “Fender Bender, move vehicles to next exit, call 911.”
Utah Law allows drivers involved in minor crashes to move off of the freeway to the next exit before calling law enforcement. Moving the vehicle will not affect the determination of fault in the accident.