Highway Patrols in 11 states are stepping up enforcement along the entire length of Interstate 80, a major east-west highway stretching across the country as part of the “I-80 Challenge.”

The challenge runs from July 24-31 and was created to create public awareness through both an increased law enforcement presence and media outreach. 

The effort sets a goal of zero fatalities on the 2,900 miles of Interstate 80 from California to New York by enhancing traffic safety, enforcement and education along this section of the national highway system.

The “I-80 Challenge” was organized by the Iowa State Patrol after research identified an increase in traffic fatalities along Interstate 80 during the summer vacationing period.