Over the past week Troopers throughout Vermont have been busy
responding to numerous vehicle collisions and incidents on
Interstates 91, I-89 and state and local roads. The majority
of these incidents are directly linked to the following: Driving at
a speed too fast for the existing conditions, operating with tires
not suitable for winter conditions, failure to exercise common
sense in hazardous conditions.
Troopers are being encouraged to issue traffic tickets at these
vehicle collisions/incidents to those operators who are driving at
speeds too fast for the existing conditions. Under Title 23/1081,
"No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater
than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions, having regard
for the actual and potential hazards then existing." The monetary
fine for such a ticket is currently $214.
Many of these incidents which many call "slide off's" often lead
to further hazards, injuries to the operator and/or passengers, and
an unnecessary drain of State and Local resources.
Winter is here, please adjust your vehicle operation