Vermont State Police to conduct safety, sobriety checkpoints

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BENNINGTON — The Shaftsbury barracks of the Vermont State Police will be teaming up with local and county law enforcement agencies to conduct sobriety and safety enforcement throughout the county for the rest of August and into September.

The goal of these checkpoints is to use "high visibility enforcement" to reduce the numbers of crashes and road fatalities in the state especially during the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, states a press release.

As of August 23 of this year, there have been 40 deaths from vehicle crashes. Twenty-eight of these fatalities have been the operator of a vehicle, while 10 fatalities have been passengers and two have been pedestrians, according to police data. In comparison, there were 41 fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2017, 39 in 2016, and 31 in 2015.

The press release states that in addition to checkpoints, troopers will be "aggressively patrolling and enforcing" motor vehicle laws relating to impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, excessive speed, and seat belt use in high traffic areas as well as areas where crashes are common.

Christie Wisniewski can be reached at cwisniewski@benningtonbanner.com and at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.

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