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May 2013 Click it or Ticket Campaign runs May 20- June 2

RUTLAND COUNTY - Vermont State Police, Rutland Barracks in conjunction with local and county law enforcement will be conducting increased patrols as well as Sobriety & Safety checkpoints during the May 2013 Click it or Ticket Campaign, which runs from May 20 to June 2.

During 2012 there were a total of 77 fatal crashes in Vermont. In over 30% of those crashes the driver and or passenger were not buckled up.

According to the Vermont 2012 Safety Belt Use Study, in Rutland County 80.3% of male operators wear seatbelts while 93.0% of female operators wear seatbelts.

The study furthermore correlates seatbelt use with the type of vehicle being operated. In Rutland County, 92.2% of operators wear seatbelts in SUV's, 88.9% in cars, 88.1% in vans, and 74.6% in pickup's.

The scheduled increased patrols and checkpoints are an opportunity to use high visibility enforcement to turn the tide, across the state, in the number of traffic fatalities. Using state and local data, engaging task forces, and working with other agencies, we can have an impact in Vermont.  In addition to the checkpoints, Troopers will be aggressively patrolling and enforcing motor vehicle laws with specific regard to aggressive driving, speeding, and seatbelt usage in high crash areas.

Recent numbers can be found at http://highwaysafety.vermont.gov/index.htm.