Vermont State Police issued a press release on Tuesday concerning five motor vehicle accidents that resulted in eight fatalities over the past few days. While the causes of these crashes are still under investigation, police said that seven of the eight people who died were not wearing seatbelts. Police noted that statistically a person wearing a seatbelt is 50 – 70 percent more likely to survive a crash than those who do not buckle up. They are asking all of VT drivers to insist on seat belts for all passengers.
Impaired driving is the greatest threat to highway safety, according to the release with drivers using their phones, speed, or driving while intoxicated from drugs and/or alcohol.
Law Enforcement officers believe the greatest threats to highway safety continue to be drivers impaired by drugs and alcohol, drivers using their phones or other hand held devices, and drivers who speed. VSP announced that State and local police departments would be increasing visibility on the highways and exploring ways to increase the message of the importance of driver responsibility and safety.