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July CARE Campaign: Police increase patrols, sobriety and safety checkpoints throughout Rutland County

RUTLAND COUNTY - Vermont State Police, Rutland Barracks in conjunction with local and county law enforcement will be conducting increased patrols as well as sobriety & safety checkpoints during the July 2013 CARE Campaign, which runs from  July 3-7.

During 2012 there were a total of 77 fatal crashes in Vermont. In over 30% of those crashes the driver and or passenger were not buckled up. According to the Vermont 2012 Safety Belt Use Study, in Rutland County 80.3% of male operators wear seat-belts while 93.0% of female operators wear seat-belts. The study furthermore correlates seat-belt use with the type of vehicle being operated.

In Rutland County, 88.9% of operators wear seat-belts in cars, 88.1% in vans, 92.2% in SUV's and 74.6% in pickup's. The scheduled increased patrols and checkpoints are an opportunity to use high visibility enforcement to turn the tide, across the state, in the number of traffic fatalities. Using state and local data, engaging task forces, and working with other agencies, we can have an impact in Vermont.

In addition to the checkpoints, Troopers will be aggressively patrolling and enforcing motor vehicle laws with specific regard to aggressive driving, speeding, and seatbelt usage in high crash areas.