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Troopers to Fan Out Across I-40 for Holiday Travel

NOVEMBER 21, 2006 - Posted at 11:33 a.m. CST

 

FORT SMITH, AR - Arkansas State Police troopers will be posted about every ten miles along Interstate 40 for the heaviest day for travel during the Thanksgiving weekend.  But the patrols will stretch beyond the state's borders.

Fort Smith-based State Police Lieutenant Mike Foster says the idea began last year with an Oklahomas-based troop in Muskogee.  The troops patrolled a limited stretch of I-40 on both sides of the state border.  This year, the agencies wanted to saturate patrols between Oklahoma City and Little Rock.

The idea grew more when other states heard about the plan.  Now, troopers from Barstow, California, to Wilmington, North Carolina, will be posted about every ten miles on I-40 tomorrow.

Foster says the main idea is to reduce traffic fatalities.  He says troopers will look for the two leading causes of fatal crashes, speeding or following too closely.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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