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Weekend interstate crackdown is national effort

Since 2011, more than 524 crashes have been recorded on the 5,600 miles of Interstates 90 and 94 that span from Massachusetts to Washington during the August 1 to 4 time frame.

Fifty-six of those crashes involved buses and large trucks, 10 were alcohol-related and three were fatal.

Because of these statistics, law enforcement agencies in 15 states will be out in full force this weekend looking for speeders, drunk or distracted drivers and people not wearing seat belts. This is part of the I-90/94 Challenge, a national effort headed up by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the coast-to-coast event, with the goal to record no traffic deaths and to cut the number of crashes reported in the past in half.

“It’s a national goal to be able to have zero deaths over the weekend,” said Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen. “We’re going to make every effort we can to be visible on the interstate during that time.”

The 5,600-mile stretch of freeway will be covered by state patrol officers and local law enforcement agencies over the four days. Throughout the campaign, updates will be posted on the I-90/94 Challenge Facebook page and to Twitter using the hashtag #9094Challenge.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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