I-40 C.A.R.E. Across America

Eight State Police agencies will combine enforcement efforts along Interstate 40 on November 22, 2006. The initiative is part of the Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Thanksgiving Period which runs from Thursday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 26th.

State Police Agencies from North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California will be placing Troopers every 10 miles along Interstate 40. The Operation will cover 2,547 miles of Interstate from Wilmington, NC to Barstow, CA.

"Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled holidays of the year. Troopers will concentrate their enforcement activities toward alcohol-related offenses, speed, and restraint violations," said Lt. Pete Norwood of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. State Police agencies attended the C.A.R.E. conference in New Mexico and discussed similar operations between Oklahoma and Arkansas, New Mexico and Arizona, and Louisiana and Texas. "This is the first time eight State Police agencies have combined forces stretching across the United States from coast to coast."said Lt. Norwood

Operation C.A.R.E. first began in 1977, when Michigan State Police and Indiana State Police began strict enforcement activity and unified the efforts of both states. Today C.A.R.E. encompasses all 50 states and Canada, as well as several island nations. Operation C.A.R.E. covers six periods, including all heavily traveled holidays and two special enforcement campaigns.

*Oklahoma / Arkansas Media Alert*

This event is a very aggressive saturation enforcement effort which will be conducted beginning 3:00 P.M. November 22nd and conclude at 1 A.M. November 23. Last year this same type of enforcement effort was conducted by Troop C, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Troop H, Arkansas State Police as a joint effort across the state line in attempt to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries on Interstate 40. This year Capt. Steve Coleman of ASP and Capt. Bill James of OHP decided to do it again but wanted to expand it to include all of Interstate 40 from Oklahoma City to Little Rock. With the efforts of LT Pete Norwood our plans have grown. All states along Interstate 40 have joined to have at least one state trooper assigned to each 10 miles of Interstate 40 on what is the heaviest travel day of the year.

At 10 A.M. Tuesday, November 21st, members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Arkansas State Police will be holding a joint press release at the west bound Information Center on I-40 east of Sallisaw (MM-314). An invitation to ride along with Troopers on the ground and in the air during the operation will be extended. Please feel free to join us.

Lt. Pete Norwood
Oklahoma Highway Patrol
CARE National PI&E Coordinator
Phone: 405-425-7709
Fax: 405-425-7038
Email: Lt. Pete Norwood