WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Nearly 1,300 citations were given out to drivers traveling on I-40 during the "I-40 Challenge" over the Thanksgiving holiday, but no one was killed in a traffic accident on the highway across the country.
The "I-40 Challenge" took place Wednesday and Sunday, two of the busiest travel days of the year.
"Data shows us that during the Thanksgiving holiday period, most motorists travel on the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving," explained First Sergeant Jeff Gordon, spokesman for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
More troopers were assigned to the highway to catch drivers violating the law.
Law enforcement agencies from eight states, including North Carolina, teamed up for the initiative to push for a zero fatality rate along the 2,555 miles of I-40 during the Thanksgiving holiday and succeeded in their goal.
"Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can bring out the worst behavior in drivers. It's a real tragedy when a family's Thanksgiving travel ends in a preventable disaster," said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. "That's why we were out there on I-40—to show the public that there are serious consequences for violating traffic safety laws. Those laws are in place to save lives."
The two-day special enforcement period (12 p.m.-12 a.m., Wednesday, Nov., 27, and 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday, Dec.1) resulted in the following:
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