Vermont 'Safety Corridors': Speeders and Distracted Drivers Beware

MONTPELIER, Vt. - If you've been travelling in Vermont lately, chances are you've noticed signs on the side of the road, indicating a 'Safety Corridor'.

"We are seeing average speeds in some of these four areas across the state, average speeds as high as 72 miles an hour so that really indicates that not many folks are obeying the speed limit out there,” said Kevin Marshia, VTRans Chief Engineer.

The four safety corridors so far are between South Burlington and Colchester, Berlin and Waterbury, the interchange at Hartford and 1-3 on i-91 near Brattleboro. Law enforcement will be out in full force in these areas, also looking for distracted drivers.

Marshia said, "Everyone seems to have an iPhone, iPod or some kind of gadget in their hands... Folks are getting way too comfortable operating a motor vehicle."

"Expect to see less of a tolerance by enforcement in those areas... A simple talk on the cell-phone that results in a crash impacts more people than the person on the cell-phone,” said Lt. Kevin Andrews, the Enforcement and Safety Division of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicle.

Andrews says the goal is ultimately to reduce the number of crashes and deaths on Vermont roadways.

"We are hoping that our increased presence in these areas will detour some of the bad behavior and hopefully change driving habits,” said Andrews.

Marshia said this is only the beginning, “Once we have tackled and we understand the success rates here on this four areas, how we take that off the interstate and onto the local roads and state routes too”

Work in these areas will continue through at least the end of the summer. Other agencies involved include Vermont State Police and the Vermont Safety Highway Alliance.

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