The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) joined city, state and federal officials to announce the “Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive toward Zero Fatalities” traffic enforcement campaign during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday period.
The challenge was issued to seven other state police or highway patrol agencies as well as all city police departments, in Texas, along the IH-40 corridor over two 12 hour periods on November 21 and November 25 – the busiest travel days during the Thanksgiving period – to help achieve the safest possible holiday travel. Law enforcement officials from Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee have accepted the challenge and will participate in the IH-40 challenge.
Each agency involved has been tasked to strategically assign troopers and officers on the IH-40 corridor from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. Interstate 40 runs 2,555 miles through eight states and dissects the northern Texas panhandle from Oklahoma to New Mexico. During the 2017 Interstate 40 Challenge, there were zero fatalities across the Texas portion of the I-40 corridor.
DPS troopers will emphasize their efforts to identify traffic violations such as speeding, seat belt usage, moving over or slowing down for emergency vehicles, following too closely, unsafe distracted drivers, intoxicated drivers and criminal activities on Texas highways. Troopers will be assisting stranded motorist and travelers who become lost or confused on their route of travel.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) is prepared and ready to move into action in the event of inclement weather during the holiday. They are prepared to start clearing highways, assisting stranded motorists and law enforcement agencies who request their services.