The Utah Highway Patrol's review of statistics from 2013's version of its Memorial Day weekend crackdown gave troopers cause for both pride and sadness.
"We're never happy when we have fatalities, especially when we did everything we could think to do to prevent them," UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said Thursday. "We took a data-driven approach in placing our troopers in identified problem areas from previous years" along with generally beefing up UHP presence throughout the state.
Still, a motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet was killed Sunday when he collided with a sport utility vehicle that pulled into his path in Provo Canyon. Earlier, as the holiday weekend began, a Provo couple died when their motor home apparently lost a front tire and crashed off Interstate 15 near St. George.