VTrans Deploys Signs Tallying Road Deaths | Off Message
Pin It
Favorite

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

VTrans Deploys Signs Tallying Road Deaths

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 4:01 PM

click to enlarge Traffic heads south on Interstate 89 at the Waterbury exit during a 2015 bridge construction project. - FILE: TERRI HALLENBECK
  • File: Terri Hallenbeck
  • Traffic heads south on Interstate 89 at the Waterbury exit during a 2015 bridge construction project.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation on Wednesday set up electronic message boards on state highways to display the number of people who have died in highway accidents this year.

VTrans says it will show the tally throughout the state every Wednesday in an effort to encourage safe driving. The agency is modeling the program on similar initiatives in Tennessee and Colorado. Boards were set up in Waterbury, Milton, Richmond and other locations.

Thirteen people have died in Vermont highway accidents this year, and 57 died in 2015.

VTrans also created a new application for exploring detailed information about the locations and causes of Vermont highway crashes.

“Most highway deaths are preventable and can clearly be connected with driver behavior,” said VTrans chief engineer Kevin Marshia. “Speed, distraction, remembering to wear seat belts, and not driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are all things that drivers can control, and we hope that this sobering reminder will help everyone become more aware of the consequences of these behaviors.”


Tags: , , , ,

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It
Favorite

About The Author

Mark Davis

Mark Davis

Bio:
Mark Davis is a Seven Days staff writer.

More by Mark Davis

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

On Topic...

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2017 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation