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OHP to place troopers every 20 miles on I-40 over holiday weekend

Published: Nov. 21, 2018 at 12:16 PM CST
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If you're traveling south for the holiday, make sure you watch your speed.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it's joining the Tennessee Highway Patrol in its 6th annual "I-40 Challenge" traffic safety initiative.

The challenge consists of increased patrols from state police/highway patrol agencies along the I-40 corridor during the Thanksgiving holiday.

OHP plans to assign troopers every 20 miles along I-40 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and Sunday, November 25, the busiest travel days during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Travelers on I-35 would encounter on the I-40 exit in Oklahoma City.

During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, as part of the "I-40 Challenge," OHP investigated 38 crashes on the day before Thanksgiving. Two of those were alcohol-related. And on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, OHP investigated 31 crashes, 3 of which were alcohol-related.

OHP says I-40 is one of the most heavily traveled interstate corridors in the nation.

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