The Utah Department of Public Safety’s Highway Safety Office is the lead agency in the state responsible for behavioral change programs to reduce traffic-related deaths, serious injuries and property loss.

Our office was created as a result of the U.S. Highway Safety Act of 1966, and since 1969, Utah’s injury and fatal crash rates have steadily declined. This success has been attributed to statewide traffic safety programs, increased law enforcement activities and increased awareness of traffic safety issues in local communities.

As motorcycle riding has become an increasingly popular activity in Utah, motorcycle fatalities have displayed an increasing trend, which the HSO’s motorcycle safety program is working to help reverse through support of education and awareness campaigns.

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop, promote and coordinate traffic safety initiatives designed to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities on Utah’s road ways. Motorcycle safety is a top priority.

The number of registered motorcycles in Utah has almost doubled from 43,271 in 2005 to 84,822 in 2021. Less than 3% of Utah’s registered vehicles are motorcycles, yet motorcyclists accounted for 18% of deaths. In fact, motorcycle crashes were 13 times more likely to result in a death than other crashes. Sadly, 41 people lost their lives in a motorcycle-related crash and 1,090 people were injured during 2021.

The Highway Safety Office is utilizing various strategies and countermeasures identified as effective by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to improve motorcycle safety. The most important objectives for improving motorcycle safety are to increase helmet use, reduce alcohol-impaired motorcycle riding, increase proper licensing and promote lifelong learning through the completion of riding training courses. Another objective is to increase other drivers’ awareness of motorcycles by increasing motorcyclists’ visibility and by educating other drivers of the importance of sharing the road with motorcycles.

We hope riders and drivers alike will join us in our efforts to increase motorcycle safety in Utah.


Motorcycle Safety Foundation

The MSF’s mission is to make motorcycling safer and more enjoyable by ensuring access to lifelong, quality education and training for current and prospective riders and by advocating a safer riding environment.

Utah Department of Public Safety Crash Summary

The Utah Department of Public Safety, annual Utah Crash Summary is a great resource for information about motorcycle crashes and fatalities.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Motorcycle Safety

The US DOT’s traffic safety branch works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial. Access their national statistics, studies and information about motorcycle safety here.

Traffic Safety Marketing

This site features marketing materials including logos, posters, radio and TV ads to promote the “Share the Road” message as well as the “Stop Impaired Riding” message.

Canyon Chasers

This site features detailed information about great motorcycle rides not just in Utah, but in other western states as well. It also includes numerous “how to” videos and information about safety gear and riding techniques.

Rock the Gear

The “Queen of Road Rash” – Brittany Morrow – created this site after she was involved in a life-changing sport bike crash as a passenger. Not sure about the importance of gear? Brittany will change your mind.


Utah Rider Education

Salt Lake City, St. George, Park City, Ogden

Learn to ride by SLCC

Salt Lake County, Ogden, Hurricane, Cedar City, Moab

Dixie State University

Hurricane Education Center

Utah Sport Bike Association


Harley Davidson of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Timpanogos Harley Davidson


Zion Harley Davidson


Contact Us


Contact the Motorcycle Safety Program Manager, Katherine Hemphill at 801-386-2911. Or send us a message using this form.