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July 31, 2014

I-90/94 Challenge: 5,681 Miles, Four Days, Zero Fatalities

Law enforcement officials in 15 states conducting enhanced traffic enforcement Aug. 1-4

Motorists will notice an extra law enforcement presence when driving on two of the country’s most highly traveled and dangerous interstates during a four-day enforcement campaign in early August.

The Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) and law enforcement officials in 14 other states are joining together with a goal of zero deaths on Interstates 94 and 90 between Washington state and New York August 1-4. That’s more than 5,600 miles of road.  MHP and hundreds of other highway safety law enforcement officers in every state along those two corridors will be teaming up and cracking down on the most dangerous driving offenses during the “I-90/94 Challenge.”

Led by the Minnesota State Patrol, the challenge will use education, awareness and strict enforcement to save lives and remind all motorists to drive safely and obey important traffic laws.  Law enforcement will ticket or arrest offenders caught speeding, driving drunk, driving distracted, not wearing their seat belts or any other behavior behind the wheel that puts lives at risk.

Traffic crashes kill more than 33,000 people each year in the United States.  Local, state and national traffic safety officials agree too many of those fatalities are happening on I-90 and I-94.  “There is zero tolerance for unsafe driving and putting lives at risk,” said Colonel Tom Butler of the Montana Highway Patrol. “Over the next few days, we’ll have high visibility enforcement in selected areas focusing on crash causing violations, with a goal of making the highway safer for everyone traveling through our state.”

The problem on I-90 and I-94:

From August 1-4 over the past three years, I-90/94 averages:
• 524 total crashes
• 136 injury crashes
• 56 crashes involving a big truck or bus
• 10 alcohol-related crashes
• 3 fatal crashes

The goal of the challenge:

• Zero fatalities during that time period
• Cut in half all other crashes.

Specific goals for the enforcement period include:

• Fewer than 69 injury crashes
• Fewer than 263 total crashes
• Fewer than six alcohol-related crashes
• Fewer than 29 crashes involving a large truck or bus

I-90/94 Challenge was initiated by the Minnesota State Patrol to help the International Association of Chiefs of Police reach its goal this year of reducing U.S. traffic fatalities by 15 percent.  The 15 states participating in the challenge are:  Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington.

More information on the I-90/94 Challenge is available at www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.