UHP Safety Reminders

Local troopers hope their efforts are making a difference but there is always room for the community to improve when it comes to safe practices. According to local Highway Patrol Sgt. Kellie Oaks, troopers have emphasized seatbelt enforcement through the Click It or Ticket campaign and are hopeful that residents are wearing seatbelts more regularly. This unfortunately may not apply as well to the younger generation. “We see a lot of teens not wearing seatbelts,” shares Sgt. Oaks. “It is just so careless and we hope parents will take the time to talk to their young drivers about wearing seatbelts and the importance of that. Seatbelts save lives.” Another area of major concern is the use of electronic devices while driving. “We see people texting and manipulating electronic devices all the time while they drive,” says Sgt. Oaks. “We don’t always know what they are doing but we encourage everyone to just focus on driving. Please worry about finding Pokemon once you’ve put your car in park.”

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.