N.C. Troopers participate in I-40 challenge aimed at eliminating fatalities
Special to SVLfreenews.com
As this year’s Thanksgiving Holiday season came to an end, N.C. troopers were out in full force to monitor traffic violations in hopes of reducing motor vehicle collisions. In support of this effort, the State Highway Patrol partnered with eight other states across the nation, participating in the 2017 I-40 Challenge.
This initiative placed troopers every 20 miles along the major interstate during the most heavily traveled periods throughout the holiday. The operation was held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 26. The campaign focused on the reduction of fatal collisions along the I-40 corridor, which coincides with the Vision Zero initiative.
Troopers not assigned to work the I-40 campaign monitored other major interstates and secondary roadways. While the I-40 Challenge initiative focused on crash reduction two days throughout the holiday period, the Vision Zero initiative will continue throughout the rest of the year.
Statewide Statistics/All Roadways
Total Fatal Collisions - 16
DWI Arrest - 445
Seatbelt Violations - 2,547
Speeding Violations - 10,518
Move Over Violations - 50
Total Citations Issued - 24,614
I-40 Challenge Statewide Statistics/ I-40 Corridor
Total Fatal Collisions - 0
DWI Arrest - 5
Seatbelt Violations - 107
Moving Violations - 762
Non-Moving Violations - 329
Total Citations Issued - 1,163