The Utah Safety Council says four motorists will die in traffic accidents on the state's highways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Council forecasts are based on previous holiday weekends. One reason for the expectation of fatalities during Thanksgiving is it is usually the first holiday where winter-like weather covers highways with snow and ice."Last year, Utah had five traffic deaths during the holiday weekend," council Director Robert Parenti said. "Thanksgiving is a holiday to relax and enjoy your family. Don't let your holiday be interrupted by a tragic accident," he said.

In October, 21 accidents claimed 21 lives, according to statistics gathered by the Utah Highway Safety Office.

Total fatalities were below the 10 year average of 26 for October, and were three fewer than October last year.

For the year, 219 people have died in 193 traffic accidents, the state said, which is below last year's 12 month totals of 261 fatalities in 230 accidents.

Avoid traffic accidents, Parenti said, by staying sober, wearing seat belts, stopping frequently.