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Hartford police: Increased patrols working

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HARTFORD, Vt. -

Increased patrols along Route 4 in Hartford appear to be working.

Officers have been dedicating 25-40 hours a week for stepped up patrols along this section of road. The money came from the Governor's Highway Safety Fund as well as the town, after a string of fatal car accidents earlier this year.

"As you know, this past spring, there was about four or five fatalities out there. They weren't necessarily speed-related, but it's good to increase the enforcement efforts out there for distracted driving, speed, just to have an increased presence out there," Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brad Vail said.

The increased patrols were originally going to run through Labor Day. But officers say that with the upcoming foliage season, and a little extra grant money available, they will likely last into the fall.

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