Oklahoma Highway Patrol Will Be Busy On I-40 This Week

Wednesday, November 22nd 2006, 5:52 am
By: News On 6

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Expect plenty of red and blue lights along to the road to grandmother's house this Thanksgiving.

In what officials are calling the largest coordinated effort of its kind, state police from California to Oklahoma to North Carolina will have troopers posted along every ten miles of Interstate 40 as travelers hit the highway for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Troopers from all eight states along the 2,547-mile east-west corridor will participate in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities during the busiest travel period.

The states participating in the program are California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina.

States coordinating efforts during high-volume travel periods is nothing new, but Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lieutenant Pete Norwood says the operation is the first time this many states have worked together on trying to reduce traffic fatalities.