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PA state police targeting I-80 for safety

Eleven state enforcement aimed to reduce fatalities along highway

By Marc Stempka

Leadfoots, distracted drivers and aggressive drivers beware: State police and highway patrol agencies across 11 states will be targeting Interstate 80 in an effort to reduce accidents and fatalities on the highway.

Officials with the Pennsylvania State Police said today troopers will be participating in the I-80 Challenge, designed to make travel along the highway safer and reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities along the corridor.

Police said the multi-state enforcement effort will begin Wednesday and run through July 31. The goal of the eight-day operation is to have zero fatalities along I-80 nationwide.

I-80 spans 11 states over 2,900 miles and was being targeted as the result of data that showed an increase in traffic fatalities along I-80 during the summer vacation period, police said.

Officials said motorists can expect to see an increased, highly visible presence along the corridor and remind drivers to obey all speed limits, wear seatbelts and limit driving distractions.

I-80 crosses Centre, Clearfield and Jefferson counties in the 6 News viewing area. The interstate spans California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming.

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