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Vermont State Police ramps up safety enforcement during holiday season

To ensure Vermont highways remain safe, the Vermont State Police will be participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign; as well as Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) over the holiday from Nov. 25-29.

Vermont has experienced 48 traffic fatalities so far this in 2015.

By using high visibility enforcement coupled with education, VSP hopes to promote both citizens and visitors to drive responsibly during the upcoming weekend and throughout the holiday season.

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 Vermont State Police and remains the single most effective tool in saving lives and detecting and deterring criminal activity.

The national Holiday Click It or Ticket campaign, sponsored by Vermont’s Governor’s Highway Safety Program, is an effort to encourage safe travel, for every trip. GHSP awards federal highway safety grant funds to local, state and not-for-profit agencies for projects to improve highway safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries due to crashes. The GHSP also works closely within a network of state and local agencies, non-profit organizations and private-sector partners to deliver quality traffic safety projects, services, and information across the state.

Operation CARE is a national campaign by state police agencies across the country that have joined together in the endeavor of reducing human suffering on our highways, particularly during the national holidays. Formed as a multi-jurisdictional program, Operation CARE is committed to the patrol, enforcement, and activity planning for the purpose of committed to the goal of accident reduction. Since 1977 several organizations have joined with Operation CARE in a combined effort to deter the three key causes of highway fatalities: speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

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