STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
Troopers Increasing Enforcement
over Thanksgiving Weekend
Williston, VT - November 22, 2016 - Unfortunately, Vermont has experienced 58 traffic fatalities this year, impacting many of our families and their communities. In an attempt to spread awareness and keep drivers safe, a seat belt campaign is planned for the heavily traveled holiday season to ensure our highways remain safe this weekend and through the remainder of the year.
The Vermont State Police will be participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign and Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) over the holiday period from November 23rd – 27th. Operation CARE 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, particularly during the national holidays.
By using high visibility enforcement coupled with education and other traffic safety partners, we will promote both our citizens and visitors to drive responsibly on our highways during the upcoming weekend and throughout the holiday season.
The Vermont State Police priority remains focused on occupant protection, impaired and aggressive driving, which will be accomplished through organized data driven patrols and checkpoints. Traffic enforcement is a critical mission to the Vermont State Police and remains the single most effective tool in saving lives and detecting and deterring criminal activity.
Although Vermont’s safety belt use rate is estimated at approximately 86 percent, too many are not wearing seat belts, especially at night. Approximately 41 percent of all occupants killed, so far, in 2016 were not properly restrained in Vermont.
The Vermont State Police will also will have no tolerance for those who choose to drive impaired by alcohol or other substances. Over 50% of all highway fatalities this year involve substance impairment.
“Vermont State Police wants to save lives, potentially your life”, said VSP Traffic Safety commander Lieutenant John Flannigan, “that’s why we spread the message that driving under the influence and/or not using your seatbelt is unacceptable. We want you home safe as much as your family does! Think smart and plan on using a designated driver or alternate transportation, and please wear your seatbelt!”
Lt. John Flannigan – Traffic Operations at (802) 872-4045 or 999-7685
Vermont State Police Public Information Officer