MONTPELIER >> The Vermont Agency of Transportation is joining a growing group of states including Tennessee and Colorado in using variable message boards to report on highway fatalities and provide important highway safety reminders.
Every Wednesday, the network of electronic signs will display the current number of people who have lost their lives on Vermont's highways this year. Unfortunately, that number changes nearly every week.
"Most highway deaths are preventable and can clearly be connected with driver behavior," said VTrans Chief Engineer, Kevin Marshia. "Speed, distraction, remembering to wear seat belts and not driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are all things that drivers can control and we hope that this sobering reminder will help everyone become more aware of the consequences of these behaviors. Every highway death is a tragedy for families and communities and we need to do everything we possibly can to stop this."
The same message will also be shared via social media channels every Wednesday. Information about crashes on Vermont highways is published weekly at highwaysafety.vermont.gov.
VTrans has also created a new application for exploring data on locations and causes of crashes. The Public Query Crash Data Tool allows users to search by road, cause, date, time of day and a number of other variables and displayed using a google map and street view interface at apps.vtrans.vermont.gov/CrashPublicQueryTool.
• The New Hampshire State conducted a motor vehicle stop on Ashuelot Street in Winchester, N.H. As a result, Jessica Lucken, 31, of Hinsdale, was cited with transportation of drugs.
• The New Hampshire State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 10 in Winchester, N.H. As a result, Hope Hudon, 41, of Hinsdale, was cited with operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license.
• The New Hampshire State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 in Sullivan. As a result, Jason Larson, 25, of Newfane, Vt., was cited with operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license.
• The New Hampshire State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 9 in Keene. As a result, Troy Grant, 26, of Brattleboro, Vt., was cited with operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license.
• At 6:30 p.m., the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Canal Street in Brattleboro. The driver, Mark Fowlkes, 51, of Brattleboro, showed signs of impairment and as a result was administered field sobriety exercises, after which he was arrested for driving under the influence. Two passengers in the vehicle, Robbull Bryant, 36, of Brattleboro, and Joseph Riendeau Jr., 38, of Chester, were found to be in possession of cocaine. They were taken into custody and cited.
• The Windham County Sheriff's Office is investigating an unattended fire that was lit off Stebbins Road in Vernon. Two bicycles were recovered from the scene and taken to the Vernon Division Office. If you are missing a bicycle and can identify it as yours, contact Deputy Tuttle at 802-365-4942.
• The Brattleboro Police Department responded to 131 Chestnut St. for the report of a disturbance. As a result, Katelyn Brown, 20, of Brattleboro, was arrested and cited with domestic assault.
• At 1:45 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Interstate 91 in Brattleboro for the report of an accident. Troopers determined Louis W. Fox III, 53, of Ashuelot, N.H., was traveling south when he failed to navigate a sharp curve to the left on the Exit 3 off ramp. As the vehicle traveled off the roadway, it struck and damaged a reflector post. The vehicle came to an uncontrolled rest approximately 10 feet off the roadway, down a moderate grade embankment. The vehicle sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene after it was pulled back onto the roadway by a tow truck.
• At 2:40 p.m. Tajh A. Russell, 25 of Agawam, Mass., was traveling northbound on Interstate 91 in the area of mile marker 3/10 at approximately 55 miles per hour. As Russell was traveling northbound and after completing the pass of a tanker truck, he attempted to return to the travel lane. While attempting to return to the travel lane, he lost control and went off the roadway. Russell traveled approximately 130 feet on the shoulder off the roadway before crashing into a row of trees. Russell complained of neck pain and a possible concussion at the scene and was transported to BMH by Rescue Inc. Brattleboro and Guilford Fire Departments responded to the scene to assist. Rod's Towing removed the vehicle.
• At 11:40 p.m., the Bellows Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop on route 103. As a result, John Feliciano, of Springfield, Mass., was found to be in possession of a large amount of U.S. currency, 10 grams of raw heroin, and 4.9 grams of cocaine. Feliciano was arrested and cited with trafficking heroin, transporting into the state, and possession of cocaine. A passenger in the vehicle, Christopher Buga, of New York City, was also arrested. He was cited with conspiracy to traffic heroin. The Vermont State Police assisted with the investigation and subsequent arrests.
• The Brattleboro Police Department responded to Western Avenue for the report of a single vehicle crash in which the driver had left the scene. Following an investigation, Reginald W. French, 49, of Brattleboro, was arrested and cited with operating a vehicle with a criminally suspended license.
• The Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 91 in Rockingham for excessive speed for a vehicle traveling at 100 mph. As a result, Kayla E. Harris, 23, of Springfield, was arrested and cited with excessive speed.
• The Brattleboro Police Department made contact with Nicholas Dow, 25, who was operating a vehicle on Frost Street. Police determined Dow had court ordered conditions that he not operate a vehicle. In addition, Dow had also been ordered not to contact the passenger in his vehicle, Janna Jarvis, 40. Dow was arrested and cited. Jarvis was also taken into custody on an arrest warrant.
• The Vermont State Police responded to Route 11 in Londonderry for the report of a single vehicle rollover. Troopers determined Ryan Duquette, 30, of Londonderry, was traveling east when he veered off the road into a culvert. The vehicle rolled over onto its roof and came to a stop. He was issued a warning for failing to maintain his lane of travel.
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