OHP teaming up with others over Thanksgiving.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol is teaming up with law

enforcement officials from the seven other states along the Interstate 40 corridor—North Carolina to California—for a special More Cops. More Stops.

campaign, to save lives on I-40 this Thanksgiving.

The “I-40 Challenge” was issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol to ramp up enforcement of life-saving traffic safety laws during one of the busiest travel times of

the year.

From noon to midnight on Wednesday, November 27, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, an increase in troopers will be assigned with a target of one every 20 miles if possible along the 2,555-mile span of I-40.

The challenge will result in well over one hundred troopers covering the busy highway, that means More Cops. More Stops. and more lives saved. The

Oklahoma Highway Patrol and other participating law enforcement agencies serving the I-40 corridor will be cracking down on drivers who are speeding, driving drunk or distracted, or not wearing seat belts, with the

primary goal of achieving a zero fatality rate for those two 12-hour periods.

The “I-40 Challenge” targets the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving, as those two days tend to be the busiest travel days during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

In 2012 there were 708 people who lost their lives in vehicle collisions across Oklahoma. Unsafe speed contributed to 172 fatal crashes with 2,299 serious injury collisions. Last year there were 242 fatal vehicle crashes which were alcohol-related.

Of the 514 fatalities that were occupants of a

passenger car and/or pickup truck, 53.7% were unrestrained.

Finally, in 2012, distracted driving due to electronic devices accounted for 10 fatal

and 717 injury crashes.

Nationally in 2011, more than 21,000 passenger vehicle occupants across the

nation were killed in traffic crashes. Of those fatalities, 52 percent were

not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

Approximately 9,900 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes; 3,330 were killed incrashes involving a distracted driver, and nearly 10,000 lives were lost in

speeding-related crashes.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, International Association of the Chiefs of Police,

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Governors Highways Safety Association to implement combined highway safety law enforcement

campaigns, like More Cops. More Stops, which focuses enforcement on multiple traffic safety laws at one time.