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Ride along with state patrol for I-90/94 Challenge

Ride along with state patrol for I-90/94 Challenge

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) - It's a challenge spanning coast to coast. The Interstate 90/94 Challenge has state patrol agencies from Massachusetts to Washington state teaming up to make your drive a little safer.

From Aug. 1 to Aug. 4 the I-90/94 Challenge is truly going to be a challenge because the state patrol wants zero deaths this weekend. Across the country.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said August is the deadliest month of the year on Wisconsin roads. For the past five years an average of 62 people have died in car accidents in August.

Trooper Tom Campbell has been with the Wisconsin State Patrol for six years.

Saturday afternoon Campbell and four or five other troopers were out looking for speeding drivers.

"Speed will cause accidents," Campbell said.

"Today we conducted a laser detail on I-90 at mile post 12 in West Salem. It's part of the Interstate 90/94 Challenge," Campbell said.

With added enforcement this weekend for the 90/94 Challenge, the Wisconsin State Patrol is putting in some overtime to make sure drivers are slowing down.

"The big things we're looking for when we're out here is speed, alcohol, seat belts and distracted drivers," Campbell said.

Campbell said by doing this type of extra enforcement drivers see the added patrol and know it's time to slow down.

"We can't stop and make contact with everybody that is speeding, but that one person that we make contact with other people driving by us will have that visual in the back of their minds I need to slow down, I need to pay attention," Campbell said.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said the amount of traffic increases in August and so does the amount of road construction.

"People get slowed down by the construction zones and feel that they may have to pick up their speeds to get to their next destination a little bit faster after they got slowed down. And speed will cause accidents," Campbell said.

Campbell said if you're going to be driving the interstate watch your speed and give yourself some extra time.

The state patrol isn't looking to write more tickets, they're just trying to enforce the law to save lives.

Campbell said he was a bit surprised by the number of people that were pulled over Saturday during the laser detail.

In just a few hours there were about 25 people pulled over for speeding. All of the drivers were going at least 12 miles over the speed limit.

The 90/94 Challenge runs through Monday, Aug. 4, so expect significantly more troopers out this weekend. That includes air patrols as well.

The entire challenge covers nearly 6,000 miles of roads across the U.S.

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