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*The following is a press release issued by the Rutland County Sheriff's Office (Vermont) regarding a border to border crackdown designed to save lives.
On Friday, January 12, 2017, Rutland/Windsor County DUI Task force that is led by Lt. Kevin Geno of the Rutland County Sheriff's Department, directed a wide ranging enforcement event that covered three States. The event involved law enforcement Agencies from, Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire.
The participating Agencies are:
Vermont State Police
New Hampshire State Police
Hartford Police Department
Woodstock Police Department
Windsor County Sheriff’s Department
Killington Police Department
Rutland City Police Department
Castleton Police Department
Fair Haven Police Department
Rutland County Sheriff's Department
New York State Police
Washington County (New York) Sheriff’s Department
This enforcement was focused on the area of Route 4 and Route 22A across the borders, with the goal of providing consistent enforcement over an area of roughly one hundred miles on a busy Friday night before the long Martin Luther King Weekend.
Studies show that driving behavior changes for roughly five hundred to one thousand feet after seeing a law enforcement Officer and then people return to their normal driving habits of speeding, using electronic devices and aggressive driving. Once people feel there is no law enforcement presence, they tend to exhibit driving behaviors that are not consistent with the law. This is not the situation for everyone but it is likely in most driving behavior. Therefore the hope is that seeing so many Law Enforcement Officers out along the busy Rt. 4 corridor will significantly change the behaviors of the motoring public.
No one enjoys receiving a ticket, but Law Enforcement Officers would much rather write a ticket to save a life than deliver tragic death notification.
During the enforcement, the following actions were taken by the three States:
105 Vehicles Stopped
1 DUI Arrest
1 Criminal DLS arrest
3 Other Arrests
31 Speeding Violations
2 Operating Under Suspension
25 Other Violations
3 Hand Held Tests
This enforcement event provided consistent enforcement to let people know driving is a full time job. We don’t need any more needless fatalities on our highways and the motoring public can make a difference. Vermont and other States we are working towards zero deaths on our highways. Can you help us reach our goal?