To ensure Vermont highways remain safe, the Vermont State Police is participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Campaign that began on Dec. 10 and runs until Jan. 1, 2015. Vermont has experienced 42 traffic fatalities in 2014. Of those traffic fatalities, four operators were impaired by alcohol and six by drugs; most commonly marijuana. Additionally, 44 percent of the occupants were unbelted/improperly restrained/no helmet.
“By using high visibility enforcement coupled with education, we will promote both our citizens and visitors to drive responsibly on our highways during the upcoming weekend and throughout the holiday season,” the VSP stated.
The Vermont State Police priority remains focused on occupant protection, as well as impaired and aggressive driving; which will be accomplished through organized data driven patrols and checkpoints. Traffic enforcement is a critical mission to the VSP and remains the single most effective tool in saving lives and detecting and deterring criminal activity.
For more information visit highwaysafety.vermont.gov/.