Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program
Announcement — April 6, 2015
The Vermont Governor's Highway Safety has moved to the Agency of Transportation and is
located under the Highway Safety Office!
Monday May 18, 2015
Lake Champlain Transportation, Charlotte/Essex Ferry Crossing
Charlotte, Vermont & Essex, NY
2015 BORDER TO BORDER Click It or Ticket Campaign
As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, Vermont law enforcement officers are urging everyone to buckle up. Beginning May 18, 2015, law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2015 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted. “As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it is critical that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night – no excuses,” said Sgt. Allen A Fortin, Shelburne Police Department (Northern CIOT Task Force Leader). “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers that have neglected to properly buckle their children. – Please,
At 6:00 p.m. on May 18th, Vermont law enforcement will join law enforcement agencies across the Eastern United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) “Border to Border” Operation. Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, sending a zero tolerance message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state.
At 10:30 a.m. on May 18th, we are holding our press conference announcing this effort on Lake Champlain Transportation’s Charlotte ferry, to emphasize regional law enforcement cooperation in this year’s “Border to Border” campaign. Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott and a New York State Senator are scheduled to be join us, along with many other agency partners in this effort. We will load the Vermont law enforcement cruisers on the ferry about 10:30 a.m. and then travel to the New York side and load New York law enforcement cruisers. We will then have the press conference in the middle of the lake on the way back to Vermont. This is a symbolic recognition of regional cooperation in the effort to save lives by increasing seat belt use across New England, New York, and beyond.
Also available for comment during and after the press conference will be National Highway Transportation Safety Administration officials Ted Minall and Christine Brittle, Governor’s Highway Safety Program Chief Scott Davidson, Vermont and New York State Police representatives, Municipal Police Officers, Sheriff’s from both states, and other representatives.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,580 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2013 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. And unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night than during the daytime: 59 percent of those killed in 2013 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. unbelted at the time of the crash.
Tragically, these national statistics are mirrored locally. In Vermont, many more unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants were killed at night, compared to those tragedies that occurred during the day.
Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater. “We want to make this the safest summer possible. Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash. That’s why we’re out here enforcing the law. Click It or Ticket, every time, day or night”, said Scott Davidson, Chief of Vermont’s Governor Highway Safety Program.
From 2008 to 2012, seat belts have saved nearly 63,000 lives nationwide. So while this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 18-31, officers will continue to save lives by enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.
Press contact in Vermont:
Tom Fields, Law Enforcement Liaison, South, 1-802-375- 5913 Tom. Fields@partner.state.vt.us
John Filipek, Law Enforcement Liaison, North, 1-802-324-6240 John.Filipek@partner.state.vt.us
Sergeant Allen Fortin, Shelburne Police Department 1-802-264-5051 Allen.Fortin@state.vt.us
Press contact in New York:
Trooper Jennifer Fleishman 1-518-897-2061 BPIO@troopers.ny.gov
Scott Davidson, Chief
As GHSP completes the transition, below is information on how to process payments for Contracts, Grant Payments and General Invoices:
Contracts: Reporting through Performance period date April 4, 2015 for work (not invoice date) contractors are to send invoices to DPS and anything from April 5, 2015 work performance date are to be invoiced to AOT.
Grant Payments: Any FY15 Financials/Progress Reports as of April 5, 2015 needs to be sent to AOT regardless of when the performance occurred.
General Invoices: Please Note: invoices going to DPS via mail/email – will be reviewed and if the performance period is before April 5, 2015 DPS will process payment.
What We Do:
Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program (GHSP) awards federal highway safety grant funds to local, state and not-for-profit agencies for projects to improve highway safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries due to crashes. The staff of the GHSP manage the state highway safety program by reviewing and monitoring grant programs, coordinating special programs such as the Child Passenger Safety or the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) police officer programs, and by providing guidance and oversight to state and local agencies.
The GHSP also works closely within a network of state and local agencies, non-profit organizations and private-sector partners to deliver quality traffic safety projects, services, and information across the state.
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