MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Zero Fatalities Urges Drivers and Riders to Change Behaviors in Order to Decrease Motorcycle Fatalities in Utah 

Zero Fatalities Urges Drivers and Riders to Change Behaviors in Order to Decrease Motorcycle Fatalities in Utah

2018 was one of the deadliest years for motorcyclists on Utah roads

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m.

WHAT:
With 2018 seeing the highest increase in motorcycle fatalities in Utah history, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) say driver and motorcycle rider behavior must change on Utah’s roads.

Motorcycle fatalities increased almost 24 percent last year, from 38 in 2017 to 47 in 2018.

With a backdrop showing the result of bad behaviors, safety professionals and motorcyclists will address the media for the purpose of challenging Utah drivers and riders to change behaviors for the purpose of making Utah roads safer.

WHERE:
Bill’s Boneyard
2220 South 5650 West
West Valley City, UT  84128

WHO:

  • Aaron Zimmer, a motorcyclist who was rear-ended by a distracted driver.  Wearing full helmet and protective riding gear
  • Lindsay Ross, a motorcyclist who was hit by a driver that drove through a stop sign.  She was wearing full helmet and protective riding gear.
  • John Gleason, UDOT public information officer
  • Sgt. Nick Street, Utah Highway Patrol public information officer

VISUALS:
Images from Lindsay and Aaron’s crashes
Backdrop of crashed motorcycles at Bill’s Boneyard

                         -UDOT-

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

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