STATE OF VERMONTDEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETYVERMONT STATE POLICEPRESS RELEASETroopers to Increase Enforcement during Holiday Weekend6/30/2016 - Williston, Vt. — Vermont State Police is reminding motorists to drive safely over the Independence Day Holiday weekend and throughout the summer season. Historically, the upcoming Fourth of July holiday has been one of the deadliest holidays in the U.S. with 41% of fatalities attributed to alcohol-related crashes in 2014.So far this year, thirty one (31) people have died from motor vehicle related crashes on Vermont roadways.• Seven (7) of these deaths were riders on motorcycles• 54% were unbelted, improperly belted or helmeted.• Twelve (12) operators are suspected impaired by alcohol or other drugsStarting Friday July 1 and running through the 4th of July, the Vermont State Police will focus on identifying impaired and aggressive drivers through additional patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Through Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) and in conjunction with national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization, enforcement will target those who drive impaired and/or aggressively on Vermont roadways. Aggressive and impaired drivers present the highest risks on our highways and have a greater chance of being involved in a motor vehicle crash.The Vermont State Police will also continue to work with all partners in continuing Operation STRIVE (Safe Travel on Roadways In Vermont Everyday) through Labor Day Weekend.The Vermont State Police strongly urge our citizens and visitors to focus on safe and responsible driving and take the Vermont Road User Pledge at the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance http://vermonthighwaysafety.org/take-the-pledge/ Take the pledge today!Contact:Lt. John Flannigan, Traffic Operations at (802) 872-4045
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