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July 2, 2018

Troopers to Increase Enforcement During Holiday








Troopers to Increase Enforcement During Holiday



7/2/2018 - Williston, Vt. — The Vermont State Police are reminding motorists to drive safely over the Independence Day holiday and throughout the summer season. Historically, the upcoming Fourth of July holiday has been one of the deadliest holidays in the U.S. with 59% of fatalities attributed to alcohol-related crashes in 2016.


So far in 2018, twenty-seven (27) people have died from motor-vehicle-related crashes on Vermont roadways. Of these deaths, nine (9) operators are suspected of alcohol or drug impairment, and 56% were unbelted or improperly belted or helmeted.


Starting Tuesday, July 3rd, and running through the Fourth 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. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort) and in conjunction with the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization, enforcement will target those who drive impaired and/or aggressively on Vermont roadways. 


The Vermont State Police will also continue to work with our partners in continuing Operation STRIVE (Safe Travel on Roadways In Vermont Everyday) and Operation Safety Corridors through Labor Day weekend. 


“Driving impaired by alcohol, marijuana or other substances is dangerous and illegal in Vermont,” said Lt. John Flannigan, Traffic Safety Programs Commander of the Vermont State Police. “Crashes involving impaired operators present a significant risk to all roadway users and are completely preventable.”


Although July 1st marked the legalization of recreational marijuana for those 21 years of age and over, driving impaired to the slightest degree remains a criminal offense.  


The Vermont State Police will be doing their part this Fourth of July holiday to help keep Vermont roadways safe. They ask that you do yours by being responsible and having a designated driver.  Everyone deserves to celebrate this Independence Day safely.



Lt. John Flannigan, Safety Programs, at (802) 872-4045 or (802) 999-7685.