WATERBURY, Vt. — The Latest on Vermont police working to reduce traffic fatalities.
While Vermont police are conducting extra patrols to promote highway safety, Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he’s open to discussing whether Vermont should change its seatbelt law so police can stop drivers for not using seatbelts, known as primary enforcement.
In the past, Scott has opposed such a law, but a series of crashes that killed eight people last weekend, seven of whom were not wearing seatbelts, is making him rethink that position.
Currently, drivers can only be ticketed for not using seatbelts if they’re stopped for another reason.
Scott says he’s not sure primary enforcement will solve the issue, if it will help he’d look more favorably on it.
Police across the state have been conducting what they call “saturation patrols.”
State police troopers across northern Vermont have been conducting what they’re calling “saturation patrols” that are designed to keep people safer on the state’s highways.
On Thursday and early Friday, troopers based out of barracks in New Haven, Derby, Rutland, Royalton and St. Albans stopped dozens of drivers for a variety of infractions. The troopers were focused on speeding, distracted driving, seatbelt use and driving under the influence.
The patrols come in the aftermath of a series of crashes between Aug. 4 and 8 that killed eight people, including four people who died in a single crash in Bridport.
Vermont public safety officials are encouraging drivers to slow down, not be distracted by cell phones and not to drive when impaired by drugs or alcohol.