I-90/94 Challenge nearing end with zero deaths

By KBJR News 1

August 3, 2014 Updated Aug 3, 2014 at 10:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - As of four Sunday afternoon, there had been no traffic fatalities along I–90 and 94.

That's about 64 straight hours without a traffic death from coast to coast on these two interstates.

It's welcome news, say authorities, as 15 states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, reach the tail end of the I–90/94 Challenge.

Law enforcement has increased patrols during August first through fourth along this 5,600 mile stretch, in an effort to ensure zero traffic deaths.

Authorities say over the past three years during that same four–day window, the two interstates average 524 total crashes, 136 of which resulted in injuries, 10 of which were alcohol related, and three fatalities.

Specific goals for the enforcement period include cutting all other crashes in half.

Authorities say all drivers can accept the challenge by slowing down, wearing a seat belt, driving sober, and paying attention.

Billy Wagness