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Our mission is to develop, promote and coordinate traffic safety initiatives designed to reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Utah’s roadways.

The State of Utah benefits from federal funding aimed at improving safety on our roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administers over $500 million in grant programs annually to the 50 States, DC, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territories, and the BIA. Under Section 405, NHTSA awards grants for occupant protection, State traffic safety information systems, impaired driving countermeasures, distracted driving, motorcyclist safety, State graduated driver licensing laws, and non-motorized safety. Regional offices help States use data to identify their highway safety problems, evaluate safety programs and activities, and provide technical assistance and training to State program managers.


The Highway Safety Office is located at 5500 Amelia Earhart Drive, Ste 155 SLC, UT 84116.
You can reach us M-F 0800-1700 at 801-366-6040. Or, use the contact form at the link below.


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Administration

Anyone on Utah roadways is our customer, we are excited to hear from you. Contact our agency through the link above.

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Carrie Silcox
Division Director
801-366-6040
csilcox@utah.gov

Robyn LaLumia
Deputy Director
801-573-2842
rlalumia@utah.gov

Carolyn Fronce
Financial Analyst
801-707-1306
cfronce@utah.gov

Rocio Huizar
Support Services Coordinator
801-366-4040
rhuizar@utah.gov

Communications

Our communications team is constantly engaged in a proactive effort to identify outreach opportunities for our program experts to help solve Utah’s traffic safety problems.  Contact us for event information, media inquiries, public outreach, social media, or to reach the webmaster.

Jason Mettmann
Communications Program Manager
801-664-7899
jmettmann@utah.gov

Stacy Debban
Programs Coordinator
801-783-8521
sdebban@utah.gov

Occupant Protection Team

Seat belts save lives! Our team develops statewide safety programs focused on seat belt use, proper child car seat use, airbags, bicycle safety, and pedestrian safety. We are implementing countermeasures that work with a goal of Zero Fatalities on Utah roads.

Keri Gibson
Occupant Protection – Program Manager
801-243-7571
kgibson@utah.gov

Kerilee Burton
Child Passenger Safety – Program Manager
Teens | CPS | Seat Belt
801-505-3315
kburton@utah.gov

Marissa Hesterman
Vulnerable Roadway Users – Program Manager
Motorcycle | Pedestrian | Bicycle
385-272-5687
mhesterman@utah.gov

Terry Smith
Rural Traffic Safety Coordinator
435-201-4312
terrysmith1@utah.gov

Impaired / Drowsy Driving Program

Driving while impaired by alcohol or any drug is often a deadly crime. Through extensive research, public awareness campaigns, and grant funding, we remain committed to eliminating impaired driving in Utah. Our team can provide information about enforcement, education, DUI checkpoints, and the E.A.S.Y. program that curtails the retail supply of alcohol to minors.

Lynda Reinstein
Impaired Driving – Program Manager
385-290-5305
lreinstein@utah.gov

Jill Sorensen
Underage Drinking – Program Manager
EASY Program | Elderly Drivers
801-903-7078
jsorensen@utah.gov

Traffic Records Program

Our records team works to ensure that complete, accurate, and timely traffic safety data are collected, analyzed, and made available for decision-making at the state, and local levels. Analyzing reliable and accurate traffic records data is central to designing effective countermeasures that reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. Our F.A.R.S. and U.T.A.P.S. systems are state-of-the-art methods for collecting this data.

(Vacant)
Traffic Records – Program Manager

Melissa Lawrence
Project Coordinator
Fatality Analysis Reporting System
385-266-7379
melissalawrence@utah.gov

Law Enforcement Programs

The mission of our law enforcement team is to enhance communications between local Law Enforcement Liaisons (LEL), create training workshops to increase the knowledge and skills of participating police agencies, and provide technical assistance statewide. Our group of officers from departments all over Utah are a proven network of highway safety professionals that share enhanced communications tools, updated training, best practices, exchange of information on new research, and public outreach campaigns. Our office also funds overtime shifts (through federal grant monies) for officers to conduct high visibility enforcement.

Heather Fuhr
Law Enforcement Liaison – Program Manager
801-386-2911
heatherfuhr@utah.gov

(Vacant)
Police Traffic Services – Program Manager
Distracted Driving | Aggressive Driving

UHP Public Information & Education

Through public outreach events, troopers focus on the top five high-risk driving behaviors: impaired driving, seat belt non-use, speeding, aggressive driving, and distracted driving. Our PI&E team gives presentations statewide to schools, businesses, and other organizations tailored to fit local traffic safety needs. We also offer the use of the “seat belt convincer” that simulates a 5 mph vehicle crash. Contact us to schedule your event!

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Sergeant Brady Zaugg
Utah Highway Patrol – PI&E
801-634-2470
bzaugg@utah.gov

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Trooper Chad Valdez
Utah Highway Patrol – PI&E
385-377-0672
cvaldez1@utah.gov