Traffic heads south on Interstate 89 at the Waterbury exit during a 2015 bridge construction project.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation on Wednesday set up electronic message boards on state highways to display the number of people who have died in highway accidents this year.
VTrans says it will show the tally throughout the state every Wednesday in an effort to encourage safe driving. The agency is modeling the program on similar initiatives in Tennessee and Colorado. Boards were set up in Waterbury, Milton, Richmond and other locations.
Thirteen people have died in Vermont highway accidents this year, and 57 died in 2015.
“Most highway deaths are preventable and can clearly be connected with driver behavior,” said VTrans chief engineer Kevin Marshia. “Speed, distraction, remembering to wear seat belts, and not driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are all things that drivers can control, and we hope that this sobering reminder will help everyone become more aware of the consequences of these behaviors.”