Rash of Accidents Elicits VSP Winter Driving Notice

From Vermont State Police SouthEast Operations:

Over the past two days Troopers in the southeastern part of Vermont have been busy responding to numerous vehicle collisions and incidents on Interstates 91, I-89 and State and local roads.

The majority of these incidents are directly linked to the following:

-driving at a speed too fast for the existing conditions
-operating with tires not suitable for winter conditions
-failure to exercise common sense in hazardous conditions

Troopers are being encouraged to issue traffic tickets at these vehicle collisions/incidents to those operators who are driving at speeds too fast for the existing conditions under Title 23/1081 which states “No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions, having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing”. The monetary fine for such a ticket is currently $214.

Many of these incidents which many call “slide off’s” often lead to further hazards, injuries to the operator and/or passengers, and an unnecessary drain of State and Local resources.

Winter is here–adjust your vehicle operation accordingly.

Captain Ray Keefe
Vermont State Police
Troop “D” Commander
Royalton/Rockingham/Brattleboro Barracks


Woodstock Early Bird is also in receipt of many advisories from law enforcement at all levels informing us they will be heavily monitoring roads and highways throughout the holiday period, particular encouraging better seatbelt use. Vermont has seen more than 70 deaths on her roads so far this year and officials say many deaths could have been prevented had the vehicle occupants been wearing safety restraints.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bob Pear on December 19, 2012 at 12:11

    Hmmm- Wondering if Title 23/ 1081 might be applied locally to some of the drivers we have witnessed on High Street, especially since both our past and current police chiefs have expressed that any speed on High St over 15 MPH at any time is too fast and unsafe. Drivers might be a little more cautious and respectful with $214 at risk.

    This is not to say that this applies to all. Many drivers are cautious and respectful of our neighborhood, and to those people, I say Thank You!


  2. Posted by Margaret (Peggy) Kannenstine on December 19, 2012 at 16:21

    It would be great if everyone followed these quite sensible rules of the road!


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