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Police step up patrols for Labor Day weekend

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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. -

Don't drink and drive this holiday weekend-- that's the message from Vermont State Police.

Troopers are at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction spreading the message that people need to buckle up and stay sober behind the wheel. They have a car that simulates what happens in a rollover without a seat belt on.

Patrols will be stepped up this weekend across Vermont to crack down on drunk drivers.

Last year during the Labor Day holiday, there were 49 DUI arrests and 116 crashes. Two of them were fatal.

"It's frustrating. These are simple decisions; if you are going to have alcohol, have someone who is going to stay sober and be able to get home or don't drive at all, call a taxi. The cost for a DUI is about $10,000," Vt. State Police Sgt. Garry Scott said. "When they start drinking they are not wearing their seat belts, also, so they get involved in these crashes. So, it's extremely frustrating to see these lives lost when they could be simple decisions."

So far this year 44 people have died in car crashes.

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