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STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
Troopers Remind Motorists To Drive With Care During Labor Day Weekend
September 1, 2016 - Waterbury, VT — Vermont State Police will be kicking off Operation Combined Accident Reduction Enforcement (C.A.R.E.) Friday, September 2nd, and running through Sunday, September 5th. Our goal is to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities on Vermont’s roadways.
"Impaired driving remains a significant problem on our highways. Every impaired driver is capable of taking an innocent life and the Vermont State Police will aggressively pursue and arrest these offenders”, said Major Walt Goodell, Field Force Commander. “To help ensure a successful and safe holiday weekend, troopers will also engage in visible patrols and be available to assist motorists.”
So far this year 41 people have died in traffic crashes on Vermont roadways. At least twenty three of these deaths were alcohol or drug related, and eighteen victims were unrestrained vehicle occupants.
High visibility enforcement is a traffic safety approach designed to deter and alter dangerous driving behaviors, with proactive, highly visible law enforcement targeting hazardous traffic safety violators. Motorists should anticipate an increased law enforcement presence on highways and sobriety checkpoints.
During this time, troopers also will continue to participate in Operation STRIVE (Safe Travel on Roads In Vermont Everyday) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsored Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
The Vermont State Police remind motorists who will be on the roads during the holiday period to plan their trips carefully by allowing ample time to reach their destination, plan for rest stops along the way, obey the posted speed limit, don’t drive impaired to any degree, and make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained.
Lt. John Flannigan, Traffic Operations at (802) 872-4045
Vermont State Police Public Information Officer