THP’s ‘I-40 Challenge’ to station troopers every 20 miles


Tennessee law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced their sixth annual ‘I-40 Challenge’, which will increase the frequency of patrols and checkpoints on the major highway during the holiday season.

Commissioner David W. Purkey of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Dereck R. Stewart joined other law enforcement officials Tuesday to announce the initiative. 

“The I-40 Challenge” will consist of increased patrols from state police/ highway patrol agencies along the I-40 corridor. In Tennessee, I-40 enforcement will increase on the busiest travel days during the Thanksgiving holiday starting on Wednesday, November 21 continuing through Sunday, November 25. Troopers will be stationed every 20 miles along the corridor in Tennessee.

“I-40 is one of the most heavily traveled interstate corridors in the nation. Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is proud to join in this effort to save lives during the busy Thanksgiving travel period,” Commissioner John Schroer said. “Drivers will see this message on our overhead signs across the state and we will suspend all construction-related lane closures beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 21, until 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 26. Our regional help trucks will also be working throughout the holiday weekend to assist with incidents that may occur along the interstates.”

I-40 runs 2,555 miles through eight states including North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. I-40 runs through Tennessee encompassing 455 miles.

In 2017, there were 35 crashes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and 44 crashes on the Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday on I-40. Four of the crashes were alcohol-related. THP also issued 458 seat belt citations and arrested 29 individuals for impaired driving.

THP will continue state-wide enforcement on all Tennessee roadways during the holiday season.

During your travels across Tennessee, if you require highway assistance please dial *847 (*THP). This will connect you to a THP dispatcher.

Click here to view the THP’s checkpoint schedule during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday. It can also be viewed by visiting the TDOT website. 

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