NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The Tennessee Highway Patrol and state Department of Safety and Homeland Security have issued a challenge to seven other states for zero fatalities on Interstate 40 over the Thanksgiving holiday.
State police and highway patrol agencies will step up patrols along the I-40 corridor on Wednesday and Sunday, the busiest travel days of the period.
Law enforcement officials from the California Highway Patrol, Arizona Department of Public Safety, New Mexico State Police, Texas Department of Public Safety, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Arkansas State Police and North Carolina Highway Patrol have accepted the challenge.
Each agency has been asked to assign a trooper every 20 miles along I-40. The eight participating states will also focus on commercial vehicle and bus safety during the I-40 challenge.