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THP Takes Part In Thanksgiving 'I-40 Challenge'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee is among eight states taking part in the "Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive toward Zero Fatalities" traffic enforcement campaign.

State police and highway patrol agencies will step up patrols along the I-40 corridor on Wednesday and Sunday, the busiest travel days of the period.

Interstate 40 runs 2,555 miles through eight states and has 455 miles in Tennessee, more than any other state. It also provides access to 24 counties in Tennessee.

The other states include California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and North Carolina.

A state trooper in each state will be posted every 20 miles of Interstate 40 from noon to midnight on Wednesday, November 27 and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 1.

The eight participating states will also focus on commercial vehicle and bus safety during the I-40 challenge.

There were no traffic fatalities on Tennessee's Interstate 40 during last year's 102-hour Thanksgiving Day period. However, eight people were killed in vehicular crashes across the state during that same time period in 2011.  Three of the fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes, while two of the vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.

Tennessee has had the lowest number of traffic fatalities in November in the last four years.

"This I-40 challenge is just the start of changing the behaviors of motorists across the country. The International Association of Chiefs of Police will continue the drive toward zero fatalities campaign in 2014 and work to reduce highway deaths across the country," THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.

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