Fatal crashes remain consistent on Vermont roads

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Fatal crashes remain consistent on Vermont roads. Preliminary data shows 69 people died a number on par with previous years. Conditions and circumstances change fast on the road, especially when it’s you or your loved ones behind the wheel. Data from VTrans shows deaths on the road as of December 26th include 52 drivers, 11 passengers, 5 pedestrians, and 1 bicyclist. Of the 63 fatal crashes,18 involve speeding and 38 involve driver impairment. The number of crashes and fatalities has also remained about the same. Over the last 6 years, the average number of deadly crashes is around 61 and the average number of driver deaths is 55. Shatney adds that distracted driving continues to be a concern on the roads, despite strict penalties if you’re caught texting, or taking a call while driving.