Highway Patrol to increase presence on I-40 for Thanksgiving

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If you're traveling along Interstate 40 during Thanksgiving you may notice more Highway Patrol cars than usual. From North Carolina all the way to California, a trooper will be stationed every 20 miles.

Chris Knox, master trooper for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, explains it's part of an effort called the "I-40 Challenge."

"The goal throughout the holiday is to have no lives that are lost," he said.

Troopers will be cracking down primarily on drivers caught speeding.

He added that troopers will also be mindful of those who are driving while distracted and driving while drowsy, which is particularly prevalent around Thanksgiving when people may have long drives.

Knox says he and other troopers understand that getting a ticket on a holiday weekend could ruin someone's day.

"We get it, we're people too," he said.

But, he says the benefit of stopping a dangerous driver outweighs the negatives.

"It's not about the ticket," he said. "But making sure we stop something bad from happening before we have to go tell a loved one you were going to visit that you're not going to make it this Thanksgiving."

The troopers will be stationed along I-40 primarily on Wednesday and Sunday, the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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