- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A new report finds deaths related to drunken driving increased in Utah last year and advocates say that’s partly because police budgets are not keeping up with the state’s growing population.

The study says 23 people died last year in DUI-related incidents, three more than the year before, even as the number of drunken driven arrests dropped 11 percent.

Substance abuse prevention advocate Mary Lou Emerson says drivers impaired by drugs are a growing problem, pointing to the case of a bus driver arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription medication.

She says the state has nearly double the number of DUI deaths from drugs compared to alcohol.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1pcNzv9) police want to crack down on drunken drivers, but limited resources make that difficult.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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