Utah Highway Safety Office
Our mission is to save lives by changing behavior, so everyone on Utah’s roadways arrives safely. Our vision is to create a culture where roadway users take responsibility for their safety and the safety of others.
Who we are
The mission of the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Highway Safety Office (HSO) is to save lives by changing behavior, so everyone on Utah’s roadways arrives safely. Our vision is to create a culture where roadway users take responsibility for their safety and the safety of others. Our ultimate goal is to reach zero traffic fatalities, as the loss of one life is too many.
Each year, under the authority and approval of the Governor and Public Safety Commissioner, the HSO produces a Highway Safety Plan (HSP) designed to help us reach that goal. Utah is proud to support 47 evidence‐based highway safety grants.
To support the HSP, Utah applied for and received $4,708,208 in federal highway safety funding. This grant funding supported campaigns aimed at Occupant Protection, Traffic Data, Impaired Driving, Law Enforcement Programs, Police Traffic Services, and Vulnerable Roadway Users like cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and e-scooter riders.
Our dedicated team is focused on behavior change. We study data from traffic crashes, traffic citations, and DUI arrests throughout the state to learn about deadly trends. We use that knowledge to develop messaging campaigns to help every roadway user get home safely. Fatal crashes claim more than 300 lives here in Utah every year; we are dedicated to getting that number down to Zero.
Crashes aren’t accidents
The loss of even one life is too many. Crash data shows us the factors that cause deadly crashes on Utah roadways. Typically, five harmful behaviors are contributing factors in traffic deaths here in Utah; aggressive driving, drug/alcohol impairment, not wearing a seat belt, driving drowsy, and driving distracted is preventable behavior.
To learn more about the factors involved in traffic crashes on Utah roads, click here to visit our Crash Data Page.