posted at 4:35 pm Thu Aug 31st, 2017 by WherezIt Admin (admin2)
Vermont State Police will be kicking off Operation Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) Friday, September 1st, and running through Monday, September 4th. Our goal is to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities on Vermont's roadways, while emphasizing the responsibility all drivers have when operating a vehicle.
"Personal responsibility and safe driving should be at the forefront", said Lieutenant John Flannigan, Traffic Operations Commander. "Our priority enforcement and education areas remain focused on seatbelt use, alcohol and/or drug impairment, speeding, aggressive and distracted driving.
So far this year 41 people have died in traffic crashes on Vermont roadways. At least eighteen of these deaths were alcohol or drug related, and seventeen victims were not wearing seatbelts.
"Impaired driving remains a significant problem on our highways. Every impaired driver is capable of taking lives and the Vermont State Police will aggressively pursue and arrest these offenders", added Lt. Flannigan. "To help all highway users enjoy a safe holiday weekend, troopers will engage in visible patrols and checkpoints throughout the state."
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.
During this time, troopers 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 will work closely with both local and bordering state's law enforcement agencies to carry out this mission.
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.
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)