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Vt. police in full force for holiday weekend

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WATERBURY, Vt. -

Slow down, buckle up and don't drink and drive-- that's the message from Vermont State Police. Troopers will be out in force this holiday weekend looking for violators. Among the parades and the parties there are the police.

"Police across Vermont are out there," said Vt. State Police Trooper William Warner.

State troopers and local law enforcement beef up patrols this weekend trying to keep people safe with one main goal:

"Hopefully avoid some crashes," said Warner.

So far this year, Vermont has seen 17 fatal crashes. Of those, five were allegedly caused by speeding. Four from suspected drunk or drugged driving, and two victims were not wearing seat belts.

"We are looking for speeding and for people weaving. We are looking for general unsafe driving habits," said Warner.

This weekend's police patrol, called Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort, also involves safety checkpoints set up in areas where deadly collisions have happened before.

So, to avoid getting in trouble with troopers ...

"Drive safe. Enjoy the holiday and designate a driver if you are having fun," said Warner. 

State police indicate that fatal accidents tend to increase in the summer months when more people are on the roads and they are especially concerned around the holidays, like the Fourth of July.

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