181 traffic stops, 3 arrests in joint traffic enforcement detail in Bennington County on Friday

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BENNINGTON — Police say they conducted a joint traffic enforcement detail with all Bennington County law enforcement agencies yesterday.

State Police participated with the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department, Bennington Police Department, Manchester Police Department, and Winhall Police Department between 3:00 p.m and midnight.

Police say they focused their enforcement efforts on identifying and arresting impaired drivers while on patrol.

Police say additional goals of the detail were to encourage safe driving behavior through speed enforcement, enforcing distracted driving and safety belt laws, and proactive criminal enforcement.

During the enforcement, police say 181 traffic stops, 2 DUI arrests, 8 operators screened for DUI, 3 total arrests, 96 total tickets issued, 62 speeding violations, 10 operating under civil suspension violations, 2 child restraint violations, 4 seat belt violations, 5 possession and/ or consuming malt beverage violations, 3 open container violations, 3 cell phone violations, 7 other violations, and 121 written warnings were issued.

State Police say they planned to continue organizing and participating in joint traffic enforcement details in the future in an attempt to reduce traffic crashes, apprehend impaired drivers, and promote traffic safety.