ZERO - that's what was accomplished on I-80 & I-35 Aug. 28-30

I-8035challengeNorth to south and east to west, you know something is big when law enforcement in 16 states work together towards a common goal. On Aug. 28-30, law enforcement from coast to coast in states along interstates 35 and 80 collaborated on the I-80/35 Challenge to reduce fatalities and serious injuries and increase awareness of impaired driving and seat belt use. The effort, which covered 4,500 miles, was expanded from last year’s successful I-80 Challenge.

The dates of the project were selected after a five-year review of crash data, showed the month of August to be one of the deadliest months for motorists on these two interstates.

Success was measured by being able to report zero fatalities on the two interstates during the enforcement period. In addition, law enforcement interacted with nearly 20,000 motorists to stress the importance of not driving while impaired and wearing seat belts. A total of 8,582 traffic citations and 11, 034 warnings were issued with 5,903 of those issued for speeding and 1,113 tickets written for not buckling up. In addition 166 arrests and citations were handed out to impaired drivers and169 drug arrests were made.

I-8035 data

The stops included all vehicle types with 461 commercial vehicles inspected as part of the effort.

Patrick Hoye, bureau chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, said, “We believe that these types of strong enforcement projects are one of several essential components needed to reduce crashes and save lives on our nation’s highways. The I-80/35 Challenge had outstanding results, from removing 166 impaired drivers to the most important statistic of all, no fatalities on either interstate during the course of the project!”

The states included in the effort were California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.



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