I-80 Challenge Aims for Zero Fatalities


      The Nebraska StatePatrol (NSP) will join its state law enforcement partners along the Interstate80 corridor as part of the I-80 Challenge.

      It's all part of amulti-state, multi-agency high visibility traffic enforcement operation thataims to achieve zero fatalities between July 24 and 31.

      The specialenforcement effort coincides with the heavy vacation travel period andencompasses 455 miles of I-80 in Nebraska.

      "During thesummer we focus a lot of our special enforcement activity on holiday travelperiods," said Colonel David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska StatePatrol.

      "This effortallows us to continue to draw attention to the need for voluntary compliance ofall traffic safety laws beyond those high visibility times," he said.

      As a part of itsinvolvement in the I-80 Challenge, the NSP will conduct high visibility patrolsand vehicle checks.

      In addition tospecial enforcement efforts, safety messages will be displayed on the NebraskaDepartment of Roads dynamic message boards along the interstate throughout theeight days of the challenge.

      Last year, Nebraskarecorded five fatal crashes on I-80 during the months of June, July &August. That compares with nine fatal interstate crashes during the same timeperiod in 2011.

      Colonel Sankey said,"Help us achieve our goal of zero fatalities during this specialenforcement by wearing your seat belt, obeying the posted speed limit and neverdriving impaired or distracted."