State Troopers take part in I-40 Challenge

State Troopers take part in I-40 Challenge

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State troopers are patrolling I-40 looking for seat belt violations, speeding, distracted driving, as well as impairment to ensure no fatalities on I-40 over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. State troopers are patrolling I-40 looking for seat belt violations, speeding, distracted driving, as well as impairment to ensure no fatalities on I-40 over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Tennessee teamed up with seven other states for the challenge over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Tennessee teamed up with seven other states for the challenge over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - If you drove on I-40 Sunday, you probably saw signs along with more troopers as a way to prevent traffic fatalities.

Troopers were stationed every 20 miles as part of the I-40 Challenge.

THP says last year was a success. There were zero deaths along the more than 450 miles of I-40.

Traffic was crawling along I-40 Sunday afternoon, one of the two busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving holiday. "Stop and go traffic. It's really bad today," said Nolan Sylvester traveling home to Florida.

Drivers couldn't help but spot more troopers keeping a close eye.

"Coming in and going about every 20 miles or so," added Sylvester.

That's because Tennessee is driving towards a goal this Thanksgiving, zero fatalities. Sylvester says he's happy to see increased patrols, "Keeps people in line."

Road signs warned drivers about the campaign that went from noon to midnight on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

"I thought that was interesting so far because normally with the busy holiday travel you always have some fatalities," said Crystal Jacobs from Jefferson City traveling to Nashville.

But THP is hoping that doesn't happen by working 12 hour shifts looking for seat belt violations, speeding, distracted driving, as well as impairment.

"I have precious cargo in my van so I'm doing my best to be extra cautious," added Jacobs.

Out of state travelers say they're driving carefully all on their own.

"Don't follow close, stay under the speed limit, and don't tailgate," added Larry Miller traveling from Pennsylvania to Huntsville, Alabama.

While some drivers say seeing more troopers can be a pain, this I-40 challenge must be working.

"It does make me conscious of not speeding because I assume there will be another one about 10 miles down the road," said Kevin Hartman heading home to Nashville.

You also might have noticed more TDOT HELP trucks out this weekend. They were out in full force to help quickly clean up crashes or provide assistance to drivers.

Tennessee teamed up with seven other states for the challenge over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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