UHP Urges Seatbelt Use and Putting Phones Away While Driving

Basin residents have big hearts but there is room for improvement as far as travel safety is concerned. According to Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Kellie Oaks, Uintah Basin troopers have stopped over 1900 seatbelt violators so far this year. “We have no difficulty finding someone not wearing a seatbelt,” says Sgt. Oaks, and the safety violations don’t stop with seatbelts. Like most places, texting and driving is also an ongoing issue, especially while driving around town. “Put your phones down [and] put your seatbelt on,” shares Sgt. Oaks. “That would be really great.”


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.