In the Legislative Session for 1997-1998, the Vermont Legislature passed a comprehensive act, known as Act 117, aimed at reducing Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenses and the resulting traffic crashes and fatalities.
This Act represented a holistic approach to decreasing DUI offenses with a strong education component, which focuses on prevention as post-offense. The Act also focuses on DUI enforcement and processing in the courts.
The Governor's Highway Safety Program continues to run two alcohol mobilizations a year; Summer and the December holiday period, which data demonstrates have an increase in alcohol-related crash rates.
Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
The DRE program is a specialty in law enforcement that has means of identifying and prosecuting drug-impaired drivers. The Governor's Highway Safety Program, Vermont State Police and the Vermont Chiefs Association were partners in developing Vermont's program. For more information on the DRE Program go to http://ghsp.vermont.gov/programs/dre