280 deaths on Utah roads in 2016; highest tally since 2007

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state officials say 280 people died in traffic-related deaths on state roads last year — the most in nine years.

It is the fourth consecutive year the tally has increased. State transportation and public safety officials said Wednesday in a news conference at the state capitol that most of the crashes were caused by human error.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2jyxibn ) that Utah Department of Transportation’s executive director Carlos Braceras says he’s frustrated and outraged over accidents that are preventable.

The reasons included people not wearing seat belts and driving impaired, tired or distracted.

State figures show the recent four-year increase comes after deaths went down for five straight years to a low of 217 in 2012.

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