OHP to participate in I-40 Challenge during Thanksgiving holiday


Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season, but it is also a time of year when our roads are flooded with impaired drivers. Five of the people killed and 14 of those seriously injured involved a substance-impaired driver.

With Thanksgiving just days away, it will be busy on the roads and at airports, as more people are expected to travel for the holiday than have in the previous 12 years.

If you know that you will be consuming alcohol, be responsible and designate a sober driver before the festivities begin.

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"Oklahoma is committed to increasing our trooper presence not only on the I-40 corridor, but on all our major state roadways", Maples states in the news release.

Pennsylvania state police remind motorists to drive safely, be alert and obey traffic laws.

Turnipseed says the heavier traffic is why troopers put a more intense focus on the holiday enforcement period. "It's proven to reduce injury and save your life", Angle said.

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"We will have all available units on the road during that timeframe", said Officer Eric Priessman, spokesperson for the Newhall CHP Station. To report an unsafe driver, dial *47 on a cell phone and provide a vehicle description, location, direction of travel and license plate number if possible.

In order to attempt to cut down the fatalities, Ohio's Troopers say there will be extra patrols during the holiday- beginning Wednesday at 12 a.m. until Sunday, November 26 at 11:59 p.m.

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