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May 25, 2017

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND & SUMMER TRAFFIC SAFETY INITIATIVES

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
PRESS RELEASE

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND & SUMMER TRAFFIC SAFETY INITIATIVES

May 25, 2016 – This week through June 4th, the Vermont State Police (VSP) will be increasing enforcement efforts to promote safe, responsible driving in support of Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort) and Click It Or Ticket.  Operation C.A.R.E. is a national campaign by state police agencies across the country to decrease human suffering on our highways, by reducing traffic crashes through enforcement and education, with an emphasis on national holiday periods.
VSP, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, will also be focusing enforcement efforts from now throughout the summer months in Operation Safe Corridors, four high-traffic corridors, which are Interstate-91, exits 1 to 3, the Hartford interchange area I89/I91, I-89 exits 7 to 10 and I-89 exits 12 to 17.
Vermont State Police Traffic Operations Commander Lieutenant John Flannigan said, “The Vermont State Police enforcement priority remains focused on occupant protection, including seat belt use, impaired and aggressive driving, as well as distracted driving.”  Lieutenant Flannigan emphasized the importance of another annual traffic safety effort, currently underway.  “The Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is an important safety mission and message in the effort to prevent loss of life on Vermont’s highways.” He added, “High visibility enforcement is an essential component in reducing traffic 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.  Vermonters use of seatbelts has fallen to an 80% compliance rate, down from 86% in 2015.
To date, Vermont has experienced 19 motor vehicle deaths so far in 2017.  Approximately 43% of those fatalities were unrestrained.  
The Vermont State Police ask all those who travel this holiday weekend and summer to remember that seat belts save lives, and ensure that all car travelers—front seat and back, child and adult—remember to buckle up, every trip, every time.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket national mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot

For more information, please contact:
Lieutenant John Flannigan | Commander
Vermont State Police | Traffic Operations
2777 Saint George Road | Williston, VT 05495
802-872-4045
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