State Police, TAM urge seat belt use on holiday weekend

SHAFTSBURY — We are currently in one of busiest holiday weekends of the year. The Vermont State Police do not want your Thanksgiving weekend to end in tragedy. The serious injury and fatal crash rate for 2017 already exceeds that of several years in the past.

On Tuesday, Vermont law enforcement officers and its safety partners hosted a press conference at TAM Waste Management Inc. in Shaftsbury. TAM and other corporate partners in Bennington County want to get the message out to all motorists and passengers to "Buckle Up" before and during your travels.

The American Automobile Association, (AAA), projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26.

This is the VSP's fourth rollout of the event known as "See IT, Click IT, Commit to IT." The Vermont Truck and Bus Association, along with the Bellavance Trucking Company in Barre were the first to make the commitment to bring this message to motorists, not only in Vermont, but nationwide by attaching Click It or Ticket signs on the rear of all their vehicles. The State Police did press events in four different areas throughout Vermont hoping to spread this message. It is their hope that drivers will not be able to travel the highways without seeing this sign on the back of every big rig and delivery vehicle as a reminder to use one's safety belts.

TAM Waste Management Inc., AAA of Northern New England, all Vermont law enforcement agencies, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Governor's Highway Safety Program, and partners in the federal government are working to get the message out to buckle up.

All Vermont law enforcement agencies will be enforcing aggressive driving, speeding, distracted driving and impaired operation laws during this period. These behaviors are the leading causes of serious injury and fatal crashes. Wearing a safety belt is the law in Vermont. Safety belts are the key to your survival in a crash.


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