VT State Police Crack Down on DUIs over Holidays


For another holiday weekend, Vermont State Police will be setting up DUI checkpoints.

State Police say 10 people were arrested the weekend before Christmas, Dec. 16-18, for driving under the influence. In total, 553 drivers were stopped as part of Operation C.A.R.E.

That weekend, we had a few storms in the region, so State Police say activity was slightly down but crashes were higher than usual.

Figures from Operation C.A.R.E. (Dec. 16-18, 2016):

– 553 cars stopped in total

-237 speed violations

– 229 vehicle crashes

– 3 crashes was related to drinking and driving

– 1 crash was related to drugs

– No fatal crashes

– 10 people arrested for DUI

(Data provided by Lt. John Flannigan, Vermont State Police.)

Law enforcement officials say they always see a spike in DUIs around the holidays.

More patrols will be out this weekend for New Years, this time for the nationwide operation “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

“The biggest concerns are the trends we are seeing in impaired driving. Over 50 percent of the crashes that we’ve seen this year have some contributing circumstances, involvement with impaired driving,” Lt. John Flannigan, from Vermont State Police, said.

Lt. Flannigan says there have been more than 60 facilities on the roads this year. That’s about average, police say, since 2013.

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