The last week of July is typically one of the deadliest periods for crashes on Interstate 80 across the country.
That’s why law enforcement in Nebraska and the ten other states along I-80 are teaming up on a campaign beginning today and lasting through the end of the month.
Lieutenant Robert Hansen, with the Iowa State Patrol, is helping coordinate the I-80 Challenge, which has a lofty goal.
“To work for eight days across 2,900 miles of Interstate 80 to eliminate every (traffic) fatality during that period,” Hansen says.
The I-80 Challenge will employ the slogan “More Cops, More Stops.” Hansen says the 11 states will raise awareness about the campaign with messages on Department of Transportation signs all along I-80.
“At the same time, each of the 11 states has dedicated more troopers to work along Interstate 80,” Hansen says. “So, we want to raise the public awareness and put a premium on people’s safety during these eight days in the hopes that it extends well beyond the eight-day period.”
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows there were 350 fatalities on all of I-80 during the last week of July between 2009-2011.
Law officers in the 11 states will be focusing on speeding, impaired driving, and seat-belt use, according to Hansen.
In addition to Nebraska and Iowa, the I-80 Challenge involves state police in California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.