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I-80 Speed Trap Begins July 24th

CORALVILLE, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Sergeant David Willis is accepting the I-80 Challenge.

The goal is to reduce overall accidents and reduce the number of traffic fatalities to zero, Willis said.

The question iswill you?

For the next week, troopers will aggressively patrol I-80. Their official motto is more cops, more stops.

The State Patrol points to some troubling statistics to highlight the need for more enforcement. Data from the past decade on Interstate 80 shows more than 17,000 accidents, averaging of almost 5 crashes a day.

Troopers say a serious or fatal crash happens every 4 days. Things get especially bad in the summer.

People are going back and forth between vacations, family get togethers, the fourth of July holiday, Willis said.

Troopers will be out among those travelers looking for the signs that may lead to trouble.

Excessive speed, following too close, obviously impaired drivers, unsafe lane changes, Willis said.

We spoke to drivers taking a break from the busy road at a rest stop. Those just visiting the area say they will accept the challenge.

Yes, I will be a safe driver as we pass through your state, traveler Carol Lopas said.

Frequent users of I-80 are all in, based on what they've experienced on the interstate.

Speeding is the worst, right of way, cutting people off, traveler Andrea Deer said.

Some are in support, but left wondering if the lessons learned will go beyond the week?

I don't know if it will make any permanent changes to the people, but I think if there is more police presence it will definitely help, traveler Paul Eshelman said

The I-80 challenge runs now through July 31st. It includes 11 states and nearly 3,000 miles of interstate.

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