Highway Patrol

Bob Nelson

There was a somber moment of silence as Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley and his family were honored in both chambers of the Utah Legislature Wednesday. Beesley died while on a search and rescue mission in Salt Lake County in June last year. Senator Pete Knudsen from District 17 spoke as a large group of the Beesley family stood in the center of the Senate floor.

“In recognition of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Trooper Aaron Beesley, the Utah Legislature hereby honors Trooper Beesley and his surviving family for their service to the State of Utah,”said Knudsen.

From Tuesday to Thursday this week the Utah Highway Patrol is planning to crackdown on a problem that typically goes unnoticed on the I-15 Freeway.

The High Occupancy Vehicle or express lane, can only be used by drivers who have one or more passengers in their car. The lane is bordered by double white lines that are not allowed to be crossed and entrance is only legal at dotted sections. Dwayne Baird is the spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety. He says their research has shown a significant number of drivers, simply, ignore the laws.