State launches speeding crackdown

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(Host) The State of Vermont launched a high-profile crackdown on speeding today in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities.

The Department of Public Safety’s campaign follows a study of traffic deaths in Vermont.

The study found that relatively few fatalities occur on the Interstate or during winter months; that speed is a bigger factor than alcohol; and that too many victims were not wearing seatbelts.

Chuck Satterfield speaks for the governor’s highway safety program:

(Satterfield) “We’re going to get out and try to educate people a lot more. Part two of this is to have much less tolerance for speeding, which is the major cause of all our fatalities.”

(Host) Satterfield says that so far this year, Vermont is on pace to have the highest number of traffic fatalities in more than two decades.

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