Effort Part Of Coast-To-Coast Safety Initiative

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Speeders beware: a coast-to-coast crackdown on bad driving is under way on Interstate 80.

New Jersey State police are teaming up with law enforcement across the country for the “I-80 Challenge Highway Safety Initiative.”

Drivers in New Jersey and across the 11 states I-80 spans can expect to see more troopers who will be targeting motorists who speed, drive drunk or don’t wear seatbelts through the end of the month.

“The whole goal overall is to reduce the amount of fatal and serious accidents that have occurred throughout the entire stretch,” said New Jersey State Police Sgt. Oscar Ricalde.

Officials said the number of crashes increase during the summer. Last year, there were 14 deaths on I-80 in New Jersey alone. This year already, there have been four deadly crashes.

For more information about the safety initiative, visit www.njsp.org.

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