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CHP aims for zero I-5 fatalities over Thanksgiving

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Nov 26 2013 11:26:10 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 26 2013 02:00:00 AM CST
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

State police agencies in California, Oregon and Washington are issuing a challenge to drivers.  They want motorists to arrive alive on Interstate 5 this holiday weekend.  Their goal is zero traffic fatalities on I-5 during Thanksgiving weekend.

Leaders from California Highway Patrol, Washington State Patrol, and Oregon State Police announced they are joining forces for the "I-5 Challenge" encouraging drivers to get through the Thanksgiving Holiday extended weekend with zero fatalities on Interstate 5.

Starting Wednesday evening, Nov. 27, state law enforcement officers from San Diego through Oregon, and up to Bellingham, Washington, will be targeting education and enforcement efforts on the road.

Using a mix of education, outreach and enforcement to get voluntary compliance of traffic laws, the message will kick off one of the busiest times of the year on our nation's highways, the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Thanksgiving holiday period lasts from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

CHP, WSP and OSP officers will focus on traffic-collision causing violations that are known to be factors that often lead to tragedies and end in people not arriving safely to their destinations. Speed, aggressive and distracted driving often top the list, along with driving while impaired and failing to use safety belts and child safety seats.

Four simple strategies for drivers this holiday weekend can help keep our highways safer: slow down, pack your patience, drive sober and buckle up.

"Speed continues to be a leading killer on our highways and mixed with aggressive driving, it is even more deadly," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.  "This weekend, plan ahead and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.  Dangerous driving will not get you there sooner; it just creates hazardous driving conditions for you and everyone else on the road."