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The Iowa State Patrol invited the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to join agencies from 10 other states to embark on a lifesaving challenge to prevent fatalities on Interstate 80 (I-80) during an eight-day period from July 24-31, 2013. Newcastle CHP Officer David Martinez says the effort was a success with no fatalities reported on I-80 in California through he enforcement period.
Statistics indicate someone dies in a collision every eight days on I-80 in California.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, there were two people killed in collisions during the I-80 Challenge. These fatal collisions occurred in Nebraska and Ohio. I-80 is nearly 2,900 miles long and stretches from San Francisco to Teaneck, N.J.
The overarching goal of the I-80 Challenge was to change driver behavior and focus education and enforcement on those factors that lead to traffic fatalities: speeding, driving under the influence, failure to wear seat belts, and distracted driving.