BRATTLEBORO -- Making every effort to prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Vermont’s roadways, Vermont state troopers will be out in full force all Labor Day weekend. Troopers will stagger their shifts to provide high visibility throughout the day.
"With heavier than usual traffic expected during this extended holiday weekend, we will push for zero fatalities," said Colonel Thomas L’Esperance. "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."
So far this year, 55 people were killed in traffic crashes on Vermont roadways. At least 13 of the deaths were alcohol related, and 23 victims were unbelted vehicle occupants.
All on-duty troopers will be in uniform and on Vermont’s roadways during this initiative, said Major Walt Goodell, Field Force Commander.
"To help ensure a successful and safe weekend, troopers will also engage in routine patrols and be available to assist motorists," he said.
During this time, troopers also will continue to participate in Operation Summer HEAT and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program sponsored Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative.
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
In addition to the saturation patrols, the Windham County Sheriff’s Department will be putting in place sobriety checkpoints in collaboration with National Highway Transportation Safety Agency, the Vermont Governors Highway Safety Program and area law enforcement agencies.
The possible locations of the checkpoints were not released.