Police Target Speeding, Distracted Drivers On Mountain View Corridor

Jul 15, 2021, 12:23 PM | Updated: Jul 16, 2021, 8:33 am

WEST JORDAN, Utah – The Utah Highway Patrol, along with officers from the West Valley City and West Jordan police departments, conducted an enforcement blitz along a new section of Mountain View Corridor.

It’s a stretch of road that’s had more fatalities in six months than troopers typically see in a full year — data from the Utah Department of Public Safety shows so far there have been three fatalities on Mountain View Corridor in 2021, while the previous four-year average has only been two fatalities per year.

Data from the Utah Department of Public Safety shows there have been more fatalities along Mountain View Corridor in six months than they typically see in a full year. (DPS)

Twelve motor officers were on the road Thursday making sure drivers obeyed speed limits and stopped for red lights.

“The more people we can educate, the better,” said UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden.

Roden said the number of deadly crashes has been trending up in past years.

In 2020, Utah saw 102 deaths on its roads between Memorial Day and Labor Day, an increase of 61 deaths compared with the same period in 2019.

“Ultimately we want to reduce crashes, in reducing crashes, we reduce fatalities,” Roden explained.

Officers focused their attention on the newly completed section of Mountain View Corridor, which runs from state Route 201 to 4100 South.

This part of the corridor was selected because it’s considered a “hot spot” for people who speed. Roden said there’s been a trend in recent years of more reckless drivers, and that recklessness has been leading to an increase in fatal crashes. 

“Any high-speed roadways where traffic and there’s cross traffic and red lights. We want to make sure people are paying attention. They aren’t driving distracted and driving too fast,” Roden said.

UHP said officers made 173 stops between Thursday.

  • 82 — Speeding
  • 25 — Seat belt violations
  • 7 — Texting
  • 9 — Equipment
  • 22 — Other moving violations
  • 65 — Other Non-moving violations
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Police Target Speeding, Distracted Drivers On Mountain View Corridor