C.A.R.E. Across America

Eight state police agencies will combine enforcement efforts along Interstate 40 on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 for the second annual “C.A.R.E. Across America” enforcement initiative. This event will run in conjunction with the Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Thanksgiving enforcement period, which also begins on November 21 and runs through Sunday, November 25.

State police agencies from North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California will place troopers every ten miles along I-40 from coast to coast. This operation will cover 2,547 miles of interstate from Wilmington, NC to Barstow, CA.

“The day before Thanksgiving is the most heavily traveled holiday of the year. Troopers across the United States will concentrate their enforcement activities on alcohol-related offenses, speed, and restraint violations,” said Captain Chris West, Public Information Director for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Operation C.A.R.E. was started in 1977, when Michigan and Indiana State Police began strict enforcement activity and unified the efforts of both states. C.A.R.E. now encompasses all fifty states and Canada. There are six Operation C.A.R.E. periods per year, including the most heavily traveled holidays and two special enforcement campaigns.

This is a very aggressive, high-visibility saturation effort which will be conducted beginning at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 21 and concluding at 1:00 a.m. Thursday, November 22.