Hikers, speedsters, drinkers kept police busy all weekend

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SALT LAKE CITY — The traditional weekend to kick off the summer turned out to be an extremely busy one for first responders.

The Memorial Day weekend — one of the first weekends Utahns had the chance to get out with fewer COVID-19 restrictions — kept police, Utah Highway Patrol troopers, and search and rescue crews hopping.

From Friday morning until Monday night, troopers made 4,732 traffic stops on Utah’s highways, including pulling over 119 motorists who were traveling at least 100 mph — a number that UHP Lt. Nick Street said is extremely high.

“It’s unprecedented,” he said.

The highest speed recorded by troopers over the weekend was 120 mph, Street said, followed by two drivers going 118 mph. The county where troopers pulled over the most drivers traveling at least 100 mph was Juab, followed by Beaver and and Tooele counties with 12 each. Millard, Box Elder and Washington counties rounded out the list of where the most excessive speeders were pulled over.

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