Our mission is to develop, promote and coordinate traffic safety initiatives designed to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities on Utah’s road ways. Motorcycle safety is a top priority.
While overall traffic-related fatalities in Utah have been declining over the last several years motorcycle fatalities have been increasing or holding steady. In 2012, there were 1,229 motorcycle crashes in Utah, resulting in 1,111 injured motorcyclists and 32 motorcyclist deaths. Motorcycle crashes were 7.2 times more likely to result in a death than other crashes.
In 2012, there were 1,229 motorcycle crashes in Utah, resulting in 1,111 injured motorcyclists and 32 motorcyclist deaths.
The Highway Safety Office is utilizing various strategies and countermeasures identified as effective by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to improve motorcycle safety. The most important objectives for improving motorcycle safety are to increase helmet use, reduce alcohol-impaired motorcycle riding, increase proper licensing and promote lifelong learning through the completion of riding training courses. Another objective is to increase other drivers’ awareness of motorcycles by increasing motorcyclists’ visibility and by educating other drivers of the importance of sharing the road with motorcycles.
We hope riders and drivers alike will join us in our efforts to increase motorcycle safety in Utah.