DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
OPERATION C.A.R.E. & CLICK IT or TICKET
May 23, 2016 - Starting today and running through Memorial Day, the Vermont State Police (VSP) will be increasing enforcement efforts to promote safe, responsible driving in support of Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). Operation C.A.R.E. is a national campaign by state police agencies across the country that have joined together in the endeavor of reducing human suffering on our highways, by reducing traffic crashes through enforcement and education.
VSP troopers will also focus on specific areas in which unbelted occupants were injured or killed in 2015. Last year, Operation C.A.R.E. ran from Friday May 22nd through Monday May 25th. During that time period there were three (3) fatalities, as well as five (5) impaired related crashes, thirty-three (33) total crashes, twelve (12) DUI arrests and three hundred and eighty-nine (389) speeding tickets.
High visibility enforcement is an essential component in reducing traffic crashes, particularly those that result in serious injury and death. “Troopers will use organized saturation patrols as well as checkpoints throughout the state in an effort to reduce crashes,” Vermont State Police Traffic Operations commander Lieutenant John Flannigan said. “Operation C.A.R.E is effective in educating the public and reducing the number of serious crashes.”
Troopers will also be working with other local and county law enforcement agencies during this time to support the national Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 5th. According to state traffic incident data, Vermonters use of seatbelts has held relatively steady at 85% over the last 12 years.
To date, Vermont has experienced 23 motor vehicle deaths so far in 2016. Approximately 47% of those fatalities were unrestrained.
For more information about Operation C.A.R.E. please contact:
Lieutenant John Flannigan | Commander
Vermont State Police | Traffic Operations
2777 Saint George Road | Williston, VT 05495