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Impatient drivers in Park City motor down road shoulders

A few drivers in Park City did not want to wait in traffic along the entryways last week.

The Park City Police Department during the Sundance Film Festival received several complaints about drivers who used the shoulders or the center lane to pass. It is not legal for a driver to use shoulders or the center lane to pass.

The cases included:

  • on Friday, Jan. 30 at 9:08 a.m. on S.R. 248. The police were told a black pickup truck was seen passing vehicles on the westbound shoulder. The pickup nearly forced several vehicles into oncoming traffic, the police were told. Police officers were unable to find the pickup truck. S.R. 248 inside Park City is designated Kearns Boulevard.
  • on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 2:51 p.m., a driver was reportedly seen improperly passing on Kearns Boulevard. The driver used the center lane to pass vehicles for approximately 900 feet, the police were told.
  • on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 9:29 a.m., a vehicle was seen traveling at a high rate of speed passing vehicles on the shoulder, referred to as the breakdown lane in police logs, along S.R. 224 southbound.
  • on Monday, Jan. 26 at 1:18 p.m., a red sport utility vehicle was seen passing on the shoulder on southbound S.R. 224. The vehicle nearly hit several pedestrians, the police were told.
  • on Jan. 26 at 9:14 a.m., a driver was seen traveling on the shoulder as they headed toward Treasure Mountain Junior High. The driver was apparently on Comstock Drive. A police officer stopped the driver.

    Phil Kirk, a police captain, said driving on the shoulder is common in Park City, but the practice is more pronounced during Sundance. The traffic during Sundance is typically some of the worst of the year.

    "Impatient people tend not to want to be queued up in line," Kirk said, adding that drivers during Sundance are more impatient than usual.

    Kirk said driving in the shoulder is a "pretty dangerous driving maneuver."

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