LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The California Highway Patrol, along with seven other state law enforcement agencies across the country, will increase traffic safety operations along Interstate 10 over the Labor Day weekend.

The 10-8 on 10 Challenge will be implemented to reduce the number of collisions and fatalities along the 241-mile interstate, which begins in Santa Monica and travels through Los Angeles, Ontario, Riverside, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, and Indio to the Arizona state line.

Most of the 47 deaths that occurred on I-10 in 2011 happened on holiday weekends, CHP Southern Division Chief Dan Bower told KNX1070’s Pete Demetriou.

“One of the main focuses of the officers who are on patrol is speed, so seat-belts, speed and the final thing, distracted driving,” he said.

The campaign is modeled after a similar plan that took place on Interstate 80 from San Francisco to New Jersey earlier in 2013.

“California had zero fatalities over that weekend that they did that challenge on I-80, so we’re hoping to have the same success over Labor Day weekend on I-10 in that corridor,” Bower said.


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