Drive North...Responsibly12:00AM / Saturday, December 16, 2006
During this weekend of December 15-19th, the Vermont State Police will be conducting extra patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the state to detect impaired drivers under Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Lifesaver Weekend.
Operation C.A.R.E. is a national campaign by state police agencies across the country to reduce motor vehicle crashes through high visibility enforcement.
Also, during the last ten day period of December the Vermont State Police and dozens of sheriff and municipal departments will be working collaboratively in a national impaired driving immobilization in an effort to detect alcohol and drug impaired drivers. This campaign is supported by the Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program.
During this holiday season many parties and gatherings will occur with motorists making poor decisions to drive after consuming alcohol and/or drugs. These individuals increase their chances of being involved in a motor vehicle crash dramatically and put others at risk on our roadways. Those who choose to drink should plan ahead and use a designated driver.
Vermont's fatalities have decreased during the last five months in 2006 with November recording one fatality, the lowest number recorded in a November since monthly fatality records were established in 1949. The previous lowest for November experienced was three in 1949, 1954 and most recently in 2000.
"We will continue to support an ongoing effort to reduce highway fatalities and injuries. These type of enforcement efforts can have an enormous impact on accomplishing these goals", said Major William Sheets the Field Force Commander.
Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Slow down, buckle up and don't drive impaired.