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Avoid auto accidents during the 100 deadliest days on Utah’s roads

March 21, 2012 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD

The Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Department of Transportation refer to the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the 100 Deadliest Days on the state's roads. More people are traveling on the roads during the summer, thereby increasing the odds of auto accidents. UDOT reports that motor vehicle accidents increase by about 35 percent during the summer months, with an average of about 96 auto accident fatalities each summer. Utah drivers can employ some simple techniques to increase their safety on the roads and lessen their chances of being involved in auto accidents. Rules of the road It may seem elementary, but one of the best ways to prevent motor vehicle accidents is to follow traffic laws. When people drive at excessive speeds, for example, they are more likely to lose control of their vehicles or not be able to react to sudden changes in traffic conditions quickly enough to stop accidents. When people follow traffic laws governing right-of-way, using turn signa

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