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State Police Crack Down On I-80 Speeding

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Police in 11 states are beefing up patrols along Interstate 80 as part of a new campaign. 

The so-called I-80 Challenge kicked off in the Iowa capitol yesterday. 

The goal is to eliminate deaths along the entire 2900 miles of the interstate, so driving along I-80 you might notice more flashing lights out on the road. 

Iowa and Illinois State Police, along with other agencies, are teaming up to get drivers to slow down.  

"The goal is just to make people aware that we are out here and hopefully that they travel safe," Iowa State Trooper Ben Erwin says.  

Police say it's an effort to keep drivers' eyes off distractions and on the road.  

"Either it's talking to people in the car or on the phone, or just turning the channel on the radio, people just need to focus on what they're doing behind the wheel," Erwin says. 

That applies especially during the busier season, when more crash-related deaths are known to happen.  

"During the summertime, people are traveling through our jurisdiction, vacations, stuff like that so there's a lot of people on the interstate," Erwin says. 

But they're on the lookout for other safety violations too, including those who don't move over for stopped emergency vehicles. 

In our area, five Iowa State troopers have been hit while on traffic stops so far this year.  

"With this many officers on the interstate, it's important for us to watch over each other and make sure people are moving over," Erwin says. 

It's all a big effort to cut down on speeding and hopefully accidents too.