OHP stationing troopers every 20 miles along I-40 for Thanksgiving holiday


OKLAHOMA CITY – While you’re heading to your Thanksgiving get-together, troopers will be making sure you are traveling safely.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol announced that it will take part in the annual “Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive to Zero Fatalities” for the Thanksgiving holiday period.

The I-40 Challenge will consist of increased patrols along the interstate from Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.

“Now we ask drivers to do their part in keeping our roadways safe during this holiday period. Please avoid distractions, make sure everyone is appropriately buckled up, obey all speed limits and traffic laws, and of course don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking or using medication that can cause impairment,” said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chief Russell Maples.

Troopers will be assigned every 20 miles of I-40 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the challenge. There will also be an increased presence on other highways during the holiday.

Last year, five people were killed in crashes across Oklahoma on Thanksgiving weekend.