DPS introduces the I-40 challenge to keep travelers safe

The winter storm caused 148 accidents in the Panhandle during the period of Friday through Sunday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Trooper Chris Ray with DPS said there were five fatalities among the accidents over the weekend.

The snow may be on its way out, but with Thanksgiving just a few days away, drivers need to practice safe driving habits.

"At this time of year, we see an increase in traffic. These will be the most traveled holiday periods that we have and with more traffic, we have more accidents," Ray said.

DPS is working with other law enforcement to do the Interstate 40 challenge through the Thanksgiving weekend.

They will have one trooper every 20 miles along I-40 the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

According to Cpt. Tim Lite with DPS, law enforcement officials in Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee will take part in the I-40 challenge.

DPS will be looking for distracted driving, speeders, seat belt violations and DWIs.

The Texas Department of Transportation also urges driver to be patient while traveling this weekend.

"Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. That's probably the biggest thing when traveling in the winter in the panhandle. Take it easy, give yourself plenty of time. Leave plenty of room between you and that vehicle in front of you," said Paul Braun, TxDOT.