Vermont State Police plan extra patrols for Thanksgiving weekend

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NEWPORT – During the holiday period starting today through Sunday, Dec. 1, the Vermont State Police will engage in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) as part of efforts to reduce fatal and serious injury car related accidents on Vermonts’ highways.

This year Vermont has suffered 41 traffic fatalities with 58 percent killed without being properly restrained with seat belts and more than 42 percent killed in crashes involving impaired drivers.

“Traffic enforcement is a critical mission to the Vermont State Police and remains one of the most effective tools in keeping our roads safe, but we cannot do it alone,” said Vermont State Police Commander of Safety Programs Lt. Tara Thomas.

Operation C.A.R.E. is a national campaign in which police agencies across the US join efforts to reduce fatalities, particularly during national holidays.

“Seat belts and designated drivers save lives. Please buckle up and don’t drive impaired this Thanksgiving holiday.”

To people who make the rash decision to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the Vermont State Police will have zero-tolerance.

Due to the winter weather, the State Police is reminding motorists to clear snow and ice from their vehicles to prevent causing hazardous conditions for others on the road.

Vermont law requires a windshield to be free of obstructions, and although not an official regulation, it is a driver’s responsibility to ensure their vehicle is clear of ice and snow.

Failing to do either can result in fines.