I-5 Challenge nets zero holiday traffic fatalities

December 10, 2013

Motorists in Washington met the Thanksgiving Weekend I-5 Challenge to “arrive alive” with no traffic fatalities on Interstate 5 during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Not only did the Washington State Patrol have extra troopers out on I-5, there were extra troopers out statewide. Preliminary data shows the trooper’s efforts statewide were:

  • 268 drivers arrested for DUI
  • 8,082 drivers stopped for speeding
  • 478 drivers stopped for seat belt violations

The Oregon State Patrol also reported zero fatalities on I-5 and California Highway Patrol reported just one fatality during the challenge.

State law enforcement officers from San Diego, Calif., through Oregon, and up to Bellingham, used a mix of education outreach and enforcement to get voluntary compliance of traffic laws. The Thanksgiving Holiday (6 p.m. Nov. 27 through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 1) is one of the busiest travel times of the year on the nation’s highways.