Safety campaign puts dozens of cops in Interstate 40 speed traps

Dozens of police officers and state troopers spread out on Interstate 40 in Wake County on Wednesday morning to make a point – possibly an expensive one for speeders – about slowing down over the holiday weekend.

Drivers reported concentrations of marked and unmarked law enforcement cars and motorcycle units with blue lights blazing near the Harrison Avenue and Jones Sausage Road interchanges and around Poole Road.

Department of Transportation information signs above the interstates carried messages Wednesday urging drivers to slow down and be safe.

The effort is part of the “N.C. Interstate Challenge Campaign,” in which law enforcement agencies statewide are trying to prevent fatal accidents.

The day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are among the most heavily traveled days. The campaign is to run from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday.

The State Highway Patrol said the campaign calls for a state trooper or local police officer to be visible every 20 miles on Interstates 26, 40, 73, 74, 77, 85 and 95 during the campaign days.

Troopers also were taking part in a similar national accident-reduction effort called the I-40 Challenge, from California at the road’s western end to North Carolina at the eastern end.