More troopers will line I-40 for peak Thanksgiving travel days

Posted November 22, 2017 6:06 a.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 1:40 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will have more troopers on Interstate 40 this week to help keep the highway safe during peak Thanksgiving travel times.

Additional troopers will be positioned every 20 miles along the highway on Wednesday and Sunday—the busiest travel days—as part of the I-40 Challenge. Eight states from North Carolina to California are participating in the event, covering 2,500 miles across the country.

Troopers will step up enforcement from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday in an effort to keep drivers safe.

Officials said there weren't any fatalities last year during the two-day campaign.

Traffic on one of the busiest travel days of the year also extends to airports. Officials at Raleigh-Durham International Airport said the number of passengers coming through the facility on Wednesday will break the previous record.

Airport officials expected 200,000 people to move through the terminals.