New Hampshire State Police and Vermont State Police will start the holiday weekend by conducting a joint traffic enforcement operation on Friday focusing on Interstate 89 and Interstate 91 in both states.  The operation will consist of directed traffic patrols in both states and traffic monitoring by New Hampshire State Police’s Aviation Unit in New Hampshire.  Troopers will be focusing on speeding, aggressive driving as well as impaired and distracted driving.

Both agencies will continue to increase patrols, to include sobriety checkpoints throughout the Labor Day weekend in effort to make Vermont and New Hampshire’s highways safer for all.  The ultimate goal of these enforcement efforts is to ensure safety and crash reduction.

There were 130 fatal crashes in New Hampshire in 2016 resulting in 136 deaths. 70 of the vehicle occupants in these crashes were not wearing seatbelts.  56 % of these crashes involved alcohol and/or drugs. 26 of these crashes were on Fridays and 21 of them were on interstate highways.

According to Lt. Roger Farmer of the Vermont State Police, so far in 2017, 57% of Vermont’s fatal motor vehicle accidents involved unrestrained motorists. An additional 44% of operators in fatal crashes were suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Over the Labor Day weekend Vermont State Police will be conducting saturation patrols throughout the Royalton barracks patrol area and will be conducting sobriety checkpoints in Windsor County in an effort to reduce highway fatalities and ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend for visitors and residents alike.

Both agencies are asking motorists to be mindful of emergency workers on the highways and obey the Move Over Law.  In addition, they urge travelers to plan for traffic delays due to the increased traffic volumes over this busy holiday weekend and to utilize a designated driver when consuming alcoholic beverages.