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'I-40 Challenge' ends with no deaths on interstate

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The North Carolina Highway Patrol says an effort to make I-40 safer from coast to coast during Thanksgiving ended with no deaths on the interstate, which stretches more than 2,500 miles from Wilmington to Barstow, CA.

Law enforcement in eight states took part in the "I-40 Challenge" Wednesday and Sunday, which are two of the busiest travel days of the year. Highway Patrol says in support of the More Cops, More Stops campaign, there was a significant increase in troopers assigned to I-40, ticketing or arresting offenders caught speeding, driving while impaired, failing to wear seat belts and other traffic violations.

Highway Patrol says no one died in crashes on I-40 Wednesday or Sunday.

"Data shows us that during the Thanksgiving holiday period, most motorists travel on the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving," NC Highway Patrol spokesman 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon said. "The surge of traffic increases your chances of being involved in a collision. To reduce those chances, we decided to partner with law enforcement agencies from across the country in the hopes of reducing the number of I-40 traffic tragedies."

The two-day special enforcement period (12 p.m.-12 a.m., Wednesday, and 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday) resulted in the following:

Total Motor Vehicle Crashes Investigated: 40
Number of Fatal Crashes: 0
Number of Alcohol Related Crashes: 9
Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Related Crashes: 1
Number of Fatalities: 0
Number of Unrestrained Fatalities: 0
Number of Citations Written: 1,285
Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Citations Written: 7
Number of Driving While Impaired Citations Written: 24
Number of Traffic Moving Violations: 1,360
Number of Traffic Non-Moving Violations: 188
Number of Seat belt Violations: 180
Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections: 132
Number of CMV Drivers Placed Out of Service: 5
Number of CMV Vehicles Placed Out of Service: 4
Number of Drug Related Arrests: 5
Number of Vehicles Seized: 1

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