WILLISTON, Vt. — Vermont State Police troopers are going to be out in force over the long holiday weekend working to ensure highway safety.

State Police Lt. John Flannigan tells NBC5 there will be extra patrols and checkpoints in which troopers will be checking on both sobriety and safety.

State police will be working departments across the nation to enforce Operation C.A.R.E, one of the longest running traffic safety initiatives. It focuses on speed, impaired driving and seat belt use.

So far this year, Vermont has had more than 60 traffic fatalities due to an array of different causes.

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