The Montpelier Police Department will be participating in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" holiday DUI campaign this year. We feel our participation in this program is essential to making Vermont roadways safer during this Holiday Season. As members of Law Enforcement, we have the unique opportunity to have a direct impact on motorist’s actions on a daily basis. We will be increasing high visibility enforcement to help change dangerous driving behaviors. As of this writing, 68 people have died on Vermont’s highways this year. Unfortunately, over the last two years the number of highway deaths has been increasing, and 68 fatalities puts us on pace to have the highest number of deaths on our roadways since 2017. Our goal is to have zero fatalities though the Holiday Season, but we cannot do that without your help. Driver impairment, speed, failure to use seatbelts and distracted driving continue to be leading causes for these tragedies. Let’s try to make this holiday safe for everyone avoiding the behaviors above. Remember our highway safety goal: Reduce crashes, traffic deaths, injuries and enforce our Impaired Driving laws. We'll be increasing motor vehicle enforcement in order to help meet this goal, please do your part to help keep America's roadways as safe as possible! Does anyone else here participate in NHTSA's safety campaigns? Do you feel like these have an impact on roadway safety around the holidays? Who thinks motor vehicle enforcement is still an important role for police departments in the US despite movement away from these activities because of the pandemic, social unrest, etc.?

Posted by mphilbrick at 2021-12-08 14:54:57 UTC