WREG Tests Promise Of A Trooper Every 20 Miles On I-40

(Memphis) It’s hard to miss on the overhead screens on Interstate 40.

It’s a challenge from state troopers to have no deaths on the road.

They promise to have troopers watching every 20 miles.

The number of troopers for this must be huge.

News Channel 3 put the challenge to the test.

We drove I-40 from the Mississippi River some 80 miles, almost to Jackson, Tenn.

We should have seen four troopers, but we only spotted one.

This trooper was helping someone change a tire on the side of the road.

We weren’t the only ones not seeing troopers.

“I drove from Covington Pike and I didn’t see a single one,” said one driver.

On our return trip over the same stretch of land, we saw the cavalry come out not for speeders, but accidents.

We passed at least three on the drive home, and a trooper at or headed to each one.

“I’m glad they’re there, doing a great job, and the one I talked to in Arkansas was a great guy,” said another driver who got off with just a warning.

No one likes getting a ticket, but most are glad they’re out there,  even if they may not quite be holding up their end of the bargain on this so-called “I-40 Challenge.”

A spokeswoman for the state troopers said a trooper is assigned to every 20-mile stretch of the interstate, and perhaps they were moving and we didn’t see them.


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