Media Event: Utah Pedestrian Fatalities Rise 25 Percent in Five Years, Local Leaders Call for Action to Save Lives

Utah Pedestrian Fatalities Rise 25 Percent in Five Years,

Local Leaders Call for Action to Save Lives

Media invited for passenger’s seat view to experience the real risks plaguing pedestrians and drivers


The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Unified Police Department invite media to experience a first-hand view from the passenger’s seat of the risks endangering pedestrians. This media availability will give an unprecedented look at the need for pedestrians to be recognizable, especially at dawn, dusk and dark —and for drivers to pay extra attention and watch out for pedestrians on our roadways.

Utah Department of Public Safety Driver License Division (DLD) Test Track , 2780 West 4700 South, West Valley City – enter the parking lot of the DLD office off 4700 South.
Participating media must wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toed shoes.


Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8 p.m.

  • 8 p.m. – media invited to conduct one-on-one interviews
  • 9 p.m.– media invited to experience the driving course after dark
  • Reporters may also schedule interviews earlier Thursday by contacting John Gleason. On Thursday morning, John will email nighttime b-roll footage of the course, which is embargoed until 9 p.m. Thursday.


  • Detective Mike Anderson, Crash Analysis Reconstruction Investigator, Unified Police Dept.
  • John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer


VISUALS: Media encouraged to bring GoPro cameras to capture additional dashcam footage

  • Pedestrian mannequins stationed throughout driving course in various levels of visibility.
  • Reflective gear display: reflective gear, stickers, lights and other simple solutions for pedestrians of all ages.
  • Thumb drive of recent “Reflect Yourself” social video – as well as b-roll footage of course.



John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer

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