Press Releases

2016

BE SAINTLY

 

Downtown bars, in partnership with local law enfrocement and with support from the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, will host "Saints of Sobriety" living statues in an effort to reduce impaired driving and encourage safety on Utah's roads.

 

 

Salt Lake City, Utah, March 10, 2016 – Many people like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by raising a pint of their favorite beverage, but some are pressing their luck by getting behind the wheel: over the last five years there have been 23 alcohol-related crashes on St. Patrick's Day in Utah.  To remind St. Patrick's Day revelers to never drink and drive, representatives from the Utah Department of Public Safety's Highway Safety Office and the Utah Highway Patrol will visit Salt Lake-area news outlets to reveal their latest DUI-prevention message that encourages bar and pub patrons to take a cab or ride with a sober lad or lassie. To schedule a station visit, please contact Steve Wrigth at 801-531-6877. On the evening of St. Patrick's Day, between 7-10 p.m., law enforcement representatives will be at partnering bars where local actors will be transformed into living statues of the "Saints of Sobriety," including: St. Haylor of Cab, saint of wise travelers; St. Cristyl O'Clearhead, saint of responsible drinking; and St. Alweis the Appointed, saint of designated drivers. Those who make the pledge to get home safely will receive a coin from law enforcement representatives that when deposited in the statue's hat, will activate an interactive performance by the living saint statue. To assist in additional awareness, each bar will also place a stained glass display at their location to communicatie the importance of driving sober on Utah's roads.

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2015

HOLIDAY SING ALONG

 

The Governor's Office and several Utah musicians team up with local law enforcement and safety advocates to urge Utahns to celebrate safelty this holiday season and to never drink and drive.

 

Murray, Utah, December 18, 2015 – If you happen to find yourself at Fashion Place Mall this weekend, don't be surprised to see Governor Gary Herbert, First Lady Jeanette Herbert and over four dozen uniformed law enforcement officers enjoying unique holiday songs performed live by singer songwriters David Osmond and Carmen Rasmusen Herbert. The Utah Department of Public Safety's Highway Safety Office, statewide law enforcement and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control have partnered with state leadership and severl Utah musicians to share an important message about drunk driving and the lives often affected by its devastating consequences. As part of the annual holiday DUI-prevention effort, the Utah Highway Safety Office has produced a series of traditional holiday carols with unique lyrics that share important message about the dangers of drinking and driving. David Osmond and Carmen Rasmusen Herbert will perform several of the DUI Christmas carols live, on Friday, December 18, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., at Fashion Place Mall.

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EVER WONDER WHAT A DUI LOOKS LIKE?

The Utah Highway Safety Office, local law enforcement and Utah bars team up to show bar goers the consequences associated with drunk driving and urge them to never drink and drive.

Salt Lake City, October 29, 2015 – Statewide law enforcement and local bars have partnered to show bar patrons what it looks like to get a DUI. Bar bathrooms along the Wasatch Front with showcase custom wall graphics, mirror clings and replacement bathroom signage reminiscent of the insde of a jail cell. This will remind patrons of the very real and often life-althering consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol. Consequences for a DUI in Utah include, but are not limited to, jail times, fees and penalties, license suspension and an ignition interlock device installed on the vehicle. On Thursday, October 29, from 11 to noon, reporters and photographers are invted to experience the DUI prevention message alongside local officers at SkySLC, located at 149 S. Pierpon Ave, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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THE DEADLIEST UTAH PREDATOR - NOT WHAT YOU THINK

 

Utah law enforcement has partnered with Scheels to remind Utahns of how dangerous and life-altering the effects of drunk driving are and what can be done to prevent it.

Salt Lake City, May 19, 2015 – The Utah Department of Public Safety, local law enforcement and Scheels Sporting Goods have teamed up to deliver an important message to all Memorial Day celebrators. Starting May 21, Scheels and local law enforcement will display a 20-foot exhibition, titled Utah’s Deadliest Predators. The custom exhibition features a lineup of what are often perceived to be Utah’s top seven deadliest predators. However, many people may be surprised to learn what, or more appropriately who, is the deadliest creature of all – the drunk driver, who kills an average of more than 30 people per year.

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2014

 

HOLIDAY TREE TO HONOR UTAH'S INNOCENT DUI VICTIMS

Twenty-five foot tall Christmas tree decorated with custom ornaments, honors Utah's innocent DUI victums and reminds Utahns to drive sober this holiday season.

 

FARMINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 - A twenty-five foot tall Christmas tree decorated with custom ornaments, each honoring a DUI victim by name, will be displayed at Station Park shoppint center throughout the holiday season. The tree and special decor share an important message about drunk driving and the lives often permanently affected by its devastating outcome. On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., the holiday tribute tree will be revealed at Station Park (located at 320 North Station Parkway, Farmington) along with a formal press conference sharing stories of the innocent DUI victims.

 

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THE UTES AND AGGIES ARE NOT THE ONLY TEAMS PLANNING A BLITZ AT THIS WEEKEND'S FOOTBALL GAMES 

 

Statewide law enforcement aims to remind Utahns about the dangers of drunk driving by helping fans designate drivers at the University of Utah and Utah State University football tailgate parties.

 

   

 

Salt Lake City, October 23, 2014 – If you happen to find yourself at a University of Utah or Utah State University college football tailgate this weekend, don’t be surprised to see statewide law enforcement rewarding designated drivers for their help in keeping Utah’s streets safe. Officers from supporting agencies will be providing designated drivers (or as officers like to call them, Most Valuable Post-Party Players) a not-so-ordinary custom football jersey. The jerseys display the number .08 across the chest with names on the back, like: Soberskie, M. Safer, MNotdrinkin, Soberman and O’Beerno. “The custom DUI football jersey serves two purposes; first, to show appreciation for those fans who have made plans to get home safe, and  second, to remind those who are drinking that they have a safe way home after the game,” shares Trooper Lawrence Hopper  of the Utah Highway Patrol.

 

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CHOOSE YOUR RIDE - IF YOU DRINK, DON'T DRIVE

(August 25, 2014)

Salt Lake City, August 25, 2013 – Representatives from local law enforcement, the Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Highway Safety Office plan to visit local news outlets to reveal their latest mobile prevention message, which aims to educate the public about the dangerous effects and potential life-altering consequences of drunk driving. On Thursday, August 28th, law enforcement officers will drive into news outlet parking lots across the Wasatch Front with the mobile message displayed across a patrol car. The car will carry the message, “Choose your ride - if you drink don’t drive.” Custom graphics will be used to make the car look as if it is half police cruiser and half taxicab.  

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WHETHER ON LAND OR WATER, IF YOU CHOOSE TO DRINK AND DRIVE, YOU WILL BE ARRESTED!

 

(07/01/2014)

 

 Utah law enforcement, Utah State Parks and County Sheriffs office have partnered to remind Utahns of the dangerous, life-altering effects of drunk driving whether on a road or a lake. 

 

Salt Lake City, June 26, 2014 – The Utah Highway Safety Office, law enforcement and Utah State Parks Rangers have teamed up to share an important summer safety message at Utah’s parks and reservoirs. Starting in July, boaters and recreation enthusiasts will see a new unique message wrapped across boat docks at select state parks – the message featured on the dock shares that no matter what vehicle you operate, if you drink and drive, you will be arrested – each message courtesy of Utah law enforcement. 

 

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LAW ENFORCEMENT ANNOUNCES A "BLOCKBUSTER" SUMMER SAFETY MESSAGE

(05/01/2014)

Utah law enforcement, Brigham Young University and Larry H. Miller Megaplex theaters have teamed up to bring an important summer safety message to Utah's theater goers.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT SPREADS IRISH LUCK ACROSS UTAH TO PREVENT DRUNK DRIVING

(3/12/2014)

Utah law enforcement and dozens of local bars partner over St. Patrick's Day in an effort to remind Utahns of the dangerous, life-altering effects of drunk driving and what can be done to prevent it.

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2013

ZOMBIES AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING RETURN FOR HALLOWEEN 2013

(10/24/2013)

Zombies swarm Utah malls, bars and news outlets in a partnership with local law enforcement to share the scary consequences of impaired driving.

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NEW LOOK FOR SUMMER GRILLING

(07/02/2013)