RALEIGH — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program will be joining forces with local law enforcement agencies from across the state by participating in the N.C. Interstate Challenge Campaign. This campaign will focus special attention to all major interstate highways within the state during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The purpose of the campaign is to combat fatal collisions along targeted highways in hopes of obtaining a desired goal of zero deaths within the campaign’s allotted time frame.
Increased patrols will be used during this initiative by placing a trooper or local officer every 20 miles throughout each interstate corridor to include I-26, I-40, I-73, I-74, I-77, I-85, and I-95 during the most heavily traveled periods of the holiday weekend. The campaign will be conducted on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and again on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
To run concurrent with the N.C. Interstate Challenge, the Highway Patrol also will be participating in a national campaign entitled the I-40 Challenge. Neighboring states to include Arizona, Arkansas, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas will be targeting several violations to include speeding, distracted driving, seat belt use, following too closely, and driving while impaired.