Killed in 2-Vehicle Crash in Vermont

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

Seven of the people killed were not wearing seat belts, Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson said on Tuesday, a day after a crash killed four unbelted occupants of a vehicle that hit a truck in Bridport.

"We need your help", said Morrison.

Anderson says Republican Gov. Phil Scott is very concerned about traffic safety following the fatalities. "We can make more and more arrests, but ultimately this comes down to driver responsibility", Anderson said.

The lack of seat belt use is the most common factor in fatal Vermont highway crashes, followed by impaired driving, state police said.

Vermont doesn't have a primary enforcement seat belt law, but rather it has what is known as a secondary law.

That's because seat belts save lives.

Anderson says he's not prepared at this time to endorse any legislative effort to pass a primary enforcement law.

So what's going to change?

"I think it's a huge problem and it's probably a growing problem and I think it's a hard thing to measure how many people are out there on their cellphone or some other hand-held device that are distracting their driving", said Anderson.

It doesn't matter if you're in a auto, truck or trailer-trailer.

Law enforcement officials say it's drivers' responsibility to drive safety.

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