Driving To Extremes
Utah drivers have a reputation for being the worst on the road. But is that title deserved or are we getting a bad rap? We sent News Specialist Nadine Wimmer out on the streets to find Utahns "Driving to Extremes."
We found many Utah drivers have their own interpretations of traffic laws. Put yourself to the test. When you approach a traffic light, and it turns yellow, do you stop or speed up? You're supposed to stop -- if you speed up, you know you're a Utah driver.
Here are the traffic laws, Utah style.
Time after time, we spotted cars blowing through yellow and red to crowd through the intersection.
Highway patrol troopers say this is the number one pet peeve on the road--drivers who simply refuse signal.
Trooper Steve Winward/U.H.P.: "THE LAW IS IF YOU'RE TRAVELING DOWN THE LANE, YOU HAVE TO GIVE SUFFICIENT NOTICE."
The law says stay back one car length for every 10 miles an hour. We tried....
"IF I STAY SIX CAR LENGTHS BEHIND SOMEONE ON THE FREEWAY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO ME? A: ABOUT FIVE CARS WOULD CHANGE LANES IN BETWEEN YOU."
"THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE, THEY'RE JUST LOOKING OUT FOR THEMSELVES."
The truth is, there are bad drivers everywhere -- so do Utahn's really stand out? We asked interstate truckers who drive the country and see it all.
Bob Willoughby/Interstate Trucker: "I'D SAY UTAH'S THE WORST."
Ed Guin/Interstate Trucker: "WITH THIS CONSTRUCTION HERE, THEY'VE GONE INSANE. THEY'LL CUT YOU OFF. RUN YOU OFF THE ROAD."
"WHICH STATE HAS THE WORST DRIVERS? A: WHICHEVER STATE HAS CONSTRUCTION. IT'S FAR BETTER IN L.A. THAN IT IS HERE."
"IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THESE PEOPLE HAVE GONE CRAZY."
"THEY'LL CUT YOU OFF IN A HEARTBEAT."
Sounds like you're not alone, if you think commuting in Utah has become a lesson for driving to extremes.