ST. ALBANS - On Friday April 18, the Sûreté du Québec (Quebec Provincial Police), Vermont State Police, New York State Police, New Hampshire State Police, and Maine State Police; along with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles and US Customs and Border Patrol will participate in a joint traffic enforcement initiative "Operation Road Safety without Borders." This operation will begin on Good Friday, kicking off Easter weekend in anticipation of increased traffic for both inbound and outbound travelers between the United States and Quebec.

This is an opportunity for Canadian and U.S. police to demonstrate that the risk of being intercepted is the same everywhere. Officers will target speeding, seat belt compliance, distracted driving, and impaired driving.

In Vermont, the initiative will start on Friday at 8 a.m. and continue through Saturday at 2 a.m. This year "Operation Road Safety without Borders" will be a statewide effort in Vermont, with each state police barracks participating.

The Quebec Provincial Police will host a press conference on Friday at 10 a.m. at Champlain/Lacolle border crossing, in the CBSA employee parking lot, in Québec, Canada .

"High visibility aggressive traffic enforcement can influence driving behavior and reduce traffic crashes," said Lt. Garry Scott, Vermont State Police Traffic Safety Commander. "The Vermont State Police look forward to working with our neighboring law enforcement agencies during this initiative."