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Utah
Population: 2,316,256

In 2003, NHTSA reports 1 known* fatality by pursuit crashes in Utah; this death was listed as occupant of chased vehicle. Deaths of passengers -- including children -- in the chased vehicles are not counted as innocent victims. Their deaths are counted as "occupants of chased vehicles."

Utah Highway Patrol

Google: Utah Police Pursuit


Google: Utah Police Chase

National Association of Police Organizations

National Sheriffs' Association

Drive & Stay Alive: Police Pursuits


*Police pursuit deaths are under-reported for many reasons, click here.

Reported Deaths
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Reports on fatalities due to violent pursuit crashes, click here.

2003 NHTSA report by state, click here.
2002 NHTSA report by state, click here.
1992 through 2001 NHTSA reports by state, click here.

Utah's Laws Governing Police Vehicular Pursuit
Officer Accountability:
Research in progress

Utah's Penalties for Fleeing
Research in progress

Utah's Penalties for Fleeing Juveniles
Research in progress

Pending Utah Legislation on Police Pursuits
Information will be provided as it becomes available.


Innocent Victims of Utah Pursuits
Two killed after police chase in Ogden
Philemon Ellis, 62 & Jessica Nelson, 21,
December 13, 2005

Media reports on Utah Pursuits
No question! This chase was necessary
Car Thief Takes Baby, Police on Wild Chase
KSL Radio - Salt Lake City, UT, January 2, 2006
... a kidnapping and a wild police chase in Eastern Utah last night. It ended happily with the kidnapped baby smiling and the kidnapper behind bars. ...

Comment: Parents need to quit leaving sleeping babies in their unattended vehicles! Pick up the baby and take the infant with you!! Thank goodness the baby is safe, but other innocent lives were put in harm's way because of this incident! -- Candy Priano, January 3, 2006

UHP is in need of a few good men -- and women
Daily Hearld - American Fork,UT, November 24, 2005
... it's always high speed chases, shooting and all the stuff you see on COPS," Wallace said. "In reality, those are like once in a great while.". ...

Utah sheriff puts brakes on pursuits
Salt Lake Tribune, June 8, 2005

Salt Lake County Changes Police Chase Policy
KSL-TV, June 6, 2005
John Daley reporting
Police car chases can be dangerous, even deadly. Now, in a growing trend, Salt Lake County is changing its policy to only chase suspects in the most extreme crimes. For years Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake have restricted police officers from beginning a pursuit unless the crime in question is a violent felony, which includes things like a murder, rape or aggravated assault. Now other agencies are doing the same. As of June 1st the county is changing its policy to restrict pursuits only for suspects of "violent felonies."

Utah's Case Laws on Police Pursuits
Day v. State of Utah

 

 

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