Despite the annual uptick in traffic near the holiday season, conditions were fairly normal in Tooele County around Thanksgiving.
Tooele County Sheriff Lt. Regina Nelson said the call volume — and the nature of calls — on Thanksgiving and the weekend were in line with an average day in the county.
“It was a very, very typical day,” she said.
Even with some snow moving into the area on Saturday and Sunday, the number of dispatch calls didn’t see any significant changes, Nelson said.
The Utah Highway Patrol had additional troopers on the road over the holiday weekend in anticipation of Thanksgiving traffic, but there wasn’t a significant impact on Tooele County, according to UHP Sgt. Bob Gutierrez.
“We really didn’t see an increase here,” he said.
On Saturday morning, icy conditions in and around Lake Point caused a few minor accidents but the majority resulted in property damage, not injuries, Gutierrez said.
The week of Thanksgiving is among the busiest travel times of the year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. During the six days from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to the Sunday after, vehicle trips of 50 miles or more increase 54 percent.
An estimated 46.9 million Americans were expected to travel more than 50 miles from their home during Thanksgiving this year, according to AAA. Falling gas prices, at their lowest since 2008, were cited as one reason more people would be getting out of town for the holiday season.