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Multiple accidents due to winter conditions

Over the past week Troopers throughout Vermont have been busy responding to numerous vehicle collisions and incidents on Interstates 91, I-89 and state and local roads. The majority of these incidents are directly linked to the following: Driving at a speed too fast for the existing conditions, operating with tires not suitable for winter conditions, failure to exercise common sense in hazardous conditions.

Troopers are being encouraged to issue traffic tickets at these vehicle collisions/incidents to those operators who are driving at speeds too fast for the existing conditions. Under Title 23/1081, "No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions, having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing." The monetary fine for such a ticket is currently $214.

Many of these incidents which many call "slide off's" often lead to further hazards, injuries to the operator and/or passengers, and an unnecessary drain of State and Local resources.

Winter is here, please adjust your vehicle operation accordingly.