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Local Officers Accept The “I-80” Challenge

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2013

If your day includes driving on Interstate 80, don’t be surprised to see a heavy police presence.

The state police district in La Salle is taking part in an 11-state traffic enforcement called “I-80 Challenge.”  Troopers in Illinois and elsewhere are trying to make the rest of the month fatality free on Interstate 80.  This after a study was done showing the last week of July as being the deadliest time of the year on I-80.

Lt. Randy Ness says it’s a team effort keeping the interstate safe.  Members of the Bureau and La Salle County Sheriff’s Department are helping with I-80 patrols and also IDOT with reminders of buckling up and not texting while driving on their message boards.

Ness says he’s really not sure the last week of July is a bad time for driving on I-80 other than maybe a lot of people are traveling on vacations.

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