Law Enforcement Agencies Join Forces

C.A.R.E. ACROSS AMERICA

Eight state police agencies will combine enforcement efforts along Interstate 40 for a twelve-hour period on Saturday, July 5, 2008 for a special "C.A.R.E. Across America" initiative. This event will run in conjunction with the Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Fourth of July activity period, which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 3 and runs through midnight Sunday, July 6.

State police agencies from Arizona, Arkansas, California, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas will place troopers every fifteen miles along I-40 from coast to coast. State Troopers will saturate 2,547 miles of interstate highway from Barstow, California to Wilmington, North Carolina.

"We want all travelers to know we’re out there for their safety and protection. Troopers across the United States will concentrate their enforcement activities on alcohol-related offenses, speed, and restraint violations," said Captain Chris West, Director of Public Affairs 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, plus two special enforcement campaigns. "T

his is a very high-visibility saturation effort which will be conducted from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5. Motorists are encouraged to call *55 from their cell phones to report aggressive or erratic driving behavior," said West. "We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. So, please buckle up, watch your speed, and don't drink and drive."