Troopers remind motorists to drive with care as Labor Day weekend approaches

Making every effort to prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Vermont’s roadways, while addressing poor driving behavior, the Vermont State Police are beginning their high visibility enforcement campaign, focused on impaired and aggressive driving. The Labor Day Mobilization & Operation CARE holiday period runs now through Sept. 1.
So far this year 26 people have died in traffic crashes on Vermont roadways. At least four of the deaths were alcohol or drug related, four victims were improperly restrained, and eight were suspected of speeding.
“With heavier than usual traffic expected during the holiday weekend, we will push for zero fatalities,” said Lt. Garry Scott, commander of Vermont State Police Traffic Safety. “Troopers will focus on the four most common causes of fatal crashes, such as speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving, and seat belt violations.”
High visibility enforcement is a universal traffic safety approach designed to create deterrence and change unlawful traffic behaviors by combining highly visible and proactive law enforcement targeting a specific traffic safety issue. Our goal this Labor Day is to prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Vermont’s roadways.
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 if you have consumed alcohol, and make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained.