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I-80 Challenge Aims for Zero Fatalities

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

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

The special enforcement effort coincides with the heavy vacation travel period and encompasses 455 miles of I-80 in Nebraska.

"During the summer we focus a lot of our special enforcement activity on holiday travel periods," said Colonel David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.

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

As a part of its involvement in the I-80 Challenge, the NSP will conduct high visibility patrols and vehicle checks. 

In addition to special enforcement efforts, safety messages will be displayed on the Nebraska Department of Roads dynamic message boards along the interstate throughout the eight days of the challenge.

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

Colonel Sankey said, "Help us achieve our goal of zero fatalities during this special enforcement by wearing your seat belt, obeying the posted speed limit and never driving impaired or distracted."

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