Multi-State Effort Partnering for Traffic Safety on I-10 for Labor Day Weekend

AUSTIN, September 1, 2013 – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is collaborating with other southern states in an effort to keep the roadways safe and reduce fatalities over the Labor Day holiday weekend. All eight states that line Interstate 10 – Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona and California – will be participating in an intensified enforcement effort called “10-8 on 10, One Road, One Mission.” By all states working together, the entire 2,460 miles of I-10 will be covered under this enforcement action.

“Interstate 10 is a highly traveled corridor throughout Texas – with nearly 880 miles of roadway – and these targeted patrols are designed to save lives by looking for dangerous and distracted drivers,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “This coordinated effort with our state law enforcement partners along I-10 will become a force multiplier in keeping our roads and communities safe during the holiday.”

During the four-day period August 30 - September 2, DPS troopers will conduct enforcement on I-10. The enforcement effort will focus on stopping impaired drivers, aggressive drivers, speeders and drivers who fail to move over to the left-hand lane when required by law. In addition, troopers will be checking for distracted driving, seat belt use, improper lane changes and commercial vehicle safety. While these focus areas are something DPS troopers do every day, it is the first time that the eight states have teamed up to ensure interstate travelers will see the same enforcement effort throughout their trip.

(The term “10-8” refers both to the law enforcement code for in service/on duty and the eight states involved in the I-10 effort.)

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