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July 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

WSP issues challenge to drive safe on I-90

Law enforcement officials in 15 states, including Washington, are challenging you not to die — or kill someone — on two of the nation’s busiest interstates.

From Aug. 1 to 4, added patrols will be driving the more than 5,600 miles of Interstates 90 and 94 — from Washington all the way to the East Coast — looking for traffic violations that could endanger lives. The “I-90/94 Challenge” is not a competition between states, but a challenge to drivers to stay safe on one of the country’s busiest highways, according to a Washington State Patrol news release.

“We will have zero tolerance for the violations we know cause the most deaths and injuries,” said State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. “Speed, DUI and the failure to wear seat belts continue to cause preventable tragedies and rip families apart.”

In Washington, regularly scheduled troopers will focus on I-90. A few additional troopers will also be brought on specifically for the emphasis patrol, according to the State Patrol.

I-90 splits into two highways, 90 and 94, in Montana before reuniting into I-90 again in Wisconsin.

The “I-90/94 Challenge” is intended to help the International Association of Chiefs of Police reach its goal this year of reducing the nation’s traffic fatalities by 15 percent.

Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: "I-90/94 Challenge", John R. Batiste, Washington State Patrol

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