The Utah Highway Patrol is heralding its recent Easter traffic safety crackdown. Not only did no one die on the state's freeways over the holiday weekend, but the number of crashes dipped dramatically.
UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said troopers were out in force in "key high-traffic areas" throughout the weekend, and were called to 85 vehicle crashes a 25 percent reduction from 2012 Easter weekend's 114.
This year's enhanced highway enforcement effort had troopers working 123 overtime shifts statewide above normal staffing levels. Troopers focused on speeding, seat belt use and impaired driving, Johnson said.