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Effort aims for no fatalities on I-90, I-94

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PIERRE (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in the Dakotas are joining counterparts in 13 other states in a four-day interstate enforcement campaign on Interstates 90 and 94.

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The I-90/94 Challenge has a goal of zero fatalities and half the typical number of crashes on the interstates through Monday. I-90 stretches from Massachusetts to Washington state and I-94 stretches from Michigan to Montana, meaning the weekend initiative will cover more than 5,600 miles of highway.

The Minnesota State Patrol is coordinating the national effort and will gather statistics from participating states on the effectiveness of the operation.

"We believe a combination of aggressive enforcement and high-visibility patrols will raise public awareness of the need for safe, smart behavior on our highways," South Dakota Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Craig Price said in a statement Wednesday.

In the past three years on Interstates 90 and 94 during the period of Aug. 1-4, there have been 524 total crashes, 136 injury crashes, 10 alcohol-related crashes and three fatal crashes, according to the patrol.

The I-90/94 Challenge is part of a yearlong campaign by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to reduce traffic fatalities in the U.S. by 15 percent.

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