NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - From the coast of North Carolina to the coast of California - law enforcement agencies across the country are joining forces to participate in the I-40 Challenge. States to participate in the combined effort include California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
The goal of this campaign is to keep drivers safe during the Thanksgiving weekend by focusing special attention to the I-40 corridor and other interstate highways.
The State Highway Patrol will be targeting several violations, including speeding, distracted driving, seat belt use, tailgating, and driving while impaired - all in an effort to prevent fatal accidents.
Troopers will be stationed every 20 miles throughout the 420 mile stretch of I-40 during the most heavily traveled periods of the holiday weekend.
"We want to ensure motorist arrive safely to their destinations so they may enjoy their families during the Thanksgiving holiday season," said Colonel Bill Grey. "This will be done in partnership with all levels of law enforcement throughout each state."
Drivers can use a few simple safety tips while traveling this holiday season:
- Do not tailgate
- Use turn signals
- Maintain appropriate speed
- Plan ahead/use your mirrors
- Do not text while driving
- Wear your seatbelt
The I-40 Challenge will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and again on Sunday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.