When you head for outdoor adventures this Memorial Day weekend and over the summer, you may think about some of the threats you may face. Bears might come and mountain lions might come to mind if you're camping. Rattlesnakes if you're hiking. But even though these animals are deadly predators, they definitely aren't the biggest threat to you. That would be the drunk driver. 

From 2007-2014, rattlesnakes killed zero people per year in Utah. Mountain lions, zero. Bears, 0.125. Drunk drivers - 32. Over the last 7 years, drunk drivers in Utah killed an average of 32 people per year. So the deadliest predator isn't a wolf or a bobcat - it's someone who drinks alcohol and then gets behind the wheel.

What can you do to protect yourself from this predator? First of all, wear your seat belt every time you get in your car - your best defense against a drunk driver is your seat belt. Second - report drunk drivers. Call 911 if you see someone driving erratically. 

If you're going to consume alcohol, don't become a deadly predator. Plan ahead for a safe ride home - designate a sober driver, call a sober friend or a cab. Never drink and drive. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

Iimpaired driving is 100% preventable. By planning ahead, we can take on and defeat Utah's deadliest predator.