ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists traveling through Minnesota on two of the country’s most highly traveled and dangerous interstates will notice an extra law enforcement presence during a four-day enforcement campaign starting Friday.
The Minnesota State Patrol 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 Aug. 1-4. That’s more than 5,600 miles of road.
The I-90/94 Challenge will use education, awareness and strict enforcement to save lives and remind all motorists to drive safely.
“We’re looking to go 0 for 4 this weekend: Zero traffic fatalities and less than 300 total crashes along the entire Interstate 90/94 corridor during the four-day period,” said Lt. Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol. “Law enforcement agencies in 15 states are banding together and cracking down on driving behavior that too often have tragic consequences. We need drivers to slow down, wear their seat belts, drive sober, and pay attention.”
The I-90/94 Challenge was initiated by the Minnesota State Patrol in response to the International Association of Chiefs of Police goal to reduce traffic fatalities this year in the United States by 15 percent. The problem on I-90 and I-94
From Aug. 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
- Zero fatalities during the four-day period.
- Cut all other crashes in half.
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
The 15 states participating in the challenge are:
- New York
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
Social Media for the I-90/94 Challenge
- Thunderclap: Agencies will be asking people in their communities to pledge their social media support for the I-90/94 Challenge using Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a social media tool that lets many people share the same message at the same time.
The message they will be asked to support is simple but important:
Join the #9094Challenge & help everyone arrive alive. Buckle up. Pay attention. Drive sober. Go the speed limit.
For those who give their one-time approval, their friends and family will see they support the I-90/94 Challenge and pledge to always be a safe driver.
The I-90/94 Challenge Thunderclap is at http://thndr.it/1nICbKY
- Facebook: The I-90/94 Challenge Facebook page is located at www.facebook.com/9094Challenge. It will include updates on the initiative and information from participating states.
- Twitter: Participating law enforcement agencies and supporters of the I-90/94 Challenge are encouraged to use the hashtag #9094Challenge.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
About the Minnesota State Patrol
More than 500 Minnesota State Patrol troopers are the foundation of the agency that works to provide a safe environment on Minnesota’s roads by assisting motorists, taking enforcement action, and educating drivers about traffic safety issues. In addition to road safety activities, troopers conduct flight patrols, search and rescue missions, and assist other law enforcement agencies.