Vermont Department of Public Safety

A former top federal prosecutor for Vermont who is the state's new commissioner of the Department of Public Safety says he expects the state's opiate epidemic will be a top priority of his office.

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A top official in the Shumlin administration says claims that the Department of Public Safety will  stop taking calls at the two largest 911 answering locations next year "are completely outrageous and under-handed."

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The Vermont Department of Public Safety is reminding skiers and snowboarders to stay on the trails at resorts following six cases of lost skiers in the last two weeks.

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The Vermont Department of Public Safety is making some staffing changes to emphasize the importance of using technology and data to make the state safer.

Governor Peter Shumlin has proposed changing the way courts deal with drunken drivers to reduce the rate of repeat offenders.

The state would set up DUI courts, similar to drug courts, in which judges would monitor the treatment of people with second or third DUI offenses and could impose sanctions and rewards.

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Vermont officials are trying to prevent any more highway fatalities this year by urging drivers to slow down, buckle up and not drive drunk or drug-impaired this holiday season.

Officials say Vermont has seen a spike in fatal crashes over last year — with 75 to date, compared to 51 last year.