|In 1998 the Vermont Legislature enacted ACT
117 as a way to provide increased enforcement of Vermont’s DUI laws.
Act 117 established funding using money from fuel taxes, DUI fines and surcharges
on a variety of traffic offenses, to provide grants to local and county
law enforcement agencies for cooperative and innovative DUI enforcement.
1999 the Franklin County Sheriffs Office received its first funding from
ACT 117 and established the “SPARC” patrol team. These funds
are used to provide additional patrols throughout the county that specifically
target intoxicated drivers. Deputies target areas that have shown a significant
number of alcohol related accidents or offenses. Deputies receive specialized
training in the detection and apprehension of intoxicated drivers, which
leads to increased conviction rates for offenders.
year since 1999 The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has received more
funding to assist us in reducing alcohol related accidents and injuries.
The program allows us to fund additional patrols at least twice a month,
with 4-6 officers at a time using saturation patrols and checkpoints targeting
DUI offenders. This increased presence of officers leads to the increased
likelihood of apprehension and acts as a deterrent to many that might
otherwise take the risk of driving under the influence.
Since the establishment of the “SPARC” patrols, we have seen
an increase in the number of DUI arrests and convictions as well as a
decrease in the number of alcohol related accidents and deaths on Franklin
County highways. The Franklin County Sheriffs Office is dedicated to making
the highways in and around Franklin County a safe place to travel for
all who use them.