By Associated Press - Saturday, July 4, 2015

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont State Police say they will on the roads around the state to boost traffic enforcement during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Police say patrols and sobriety checkpoints will be based on analytical review of fatal crashes in the state.

Vermont has had 18 traffic fatalities in 14 crashes in 2015 as of earlier this week, which is down from previous years. Of the deaths, police say four of the people were suspected to be speeding; five were suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and five were not wearing seat belts.

Vermont State Police Traffic Safety Commander Lt. Garry Scott asks that Vermonters slow down, designate a sober driver, and buckle up this holiday weekend.

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