THP takes aim at seatbelt violators, saturates I-40 for Thanksgiving holiday

Nov. 27– Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott joined state and federal officials to announce the "Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive toward Zero Fatalities" traffic enforcement campaign during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday period.

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer, Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Jon Dierberger were also on-hand for the announcement.

The challenge was issued to seven other state police or highway patrol agencies and consists of increased patrols along the I-40 corridor over two 12 hour periods on Nov. 27 and Dec. 1–the busiest travel days during the Thanksgiving period–to help achieve the safest possible holiday travel. 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 and will participate in the I-40 challenge.

"Col. Trott has been instrumental in organizing this nationwide traffic safety effort to create a greater law enforcement presence on Interstate 40 from North Carolina to California and to help reduce serious injury and fatal crashes on the I-40 corridor. We’d like to thank all of the participating law enforcement agencies and highway safety advocates who are promoting this initiative and partnering with us to save lives," Commissioner Gibbons said.

Each agency has been tasked to assign a state trooper every 20 miles of Interstate 40 from noon to midnight on Wednesday, November 27 and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, December 1.

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