Leaders of the California Highway Patrol, Oregon State Police and Washington State Patrol are issuing a challenge to drivers: arrive alive on I-5 this holiday weekend.

Leaders of the California Highway Patrol, Oregon State Police and Washington State Patrol are issuing a challenge to drivers: arrive alive on I-5 this holiday weekend.

The agencies are joining forces for the “I-5 Challenge,” which encourages drivers to get through the Thanksgiving Holiday extended weekend with zero fatalities on I-5, according to a press release.

Starting Wednesday evening, November 27, state law enforcement officers from San Diego, through Oregon, and up to Bellingham, Wash., will be using a mix of education outreach and enforcement to get voluntary compliance of traffic laws, the release states.

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year. CHP, WSP and OSP officers will focus on traffic collision-causing violations that are known to be factors that often lead to tragedies, such as speed, aggressive and distracted driving, driving while impaired and failing to use safety belts and child safety seats.

Four simple strategies for drivers this holiday weekend can help keep I-5 safer: slow down, pack your patience, drive sober and buckle up.

“Speed continues to be a leading killer on our highways and, mixed with aggressive driving, it is even more deadly,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “This weekend, plan ahead and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. Dangerous driving will not get you there sooner; it just creates hazardous driving conditions for you and everyone else on the road.”

You can join the effort by committing to driving safely at all times and reporting possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 911

Following are some tips for making the four strategies above work for you:

Trip preparation

• Plan ahead to give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.

• Stay informed about weather conditions, potential traffic hazards and highway closures.

• Check road conditions by visiting your local state’s road and weather website or phone numbers

• Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving starting with good tires, a good battery, and a full tank of gas.

• Carry an emergency kit and chains or traction tires, especially if traveling over mountain passes.

• Snacks and bottled water also are a good idea for long trips, especially with children.

• Carry a map in case weather or road conditions force you to take a detour. Keep family members or friends aware of any significant changes in your planned route before you take the unplanned route.

• Get plenty of rest before you leave on any trip.

• Clear snow, ice or frost from windows and headlights before you leave.

• Make sure everyone is using safety restraints and secure any cargo.

• Always have a designated driver for any holiday activities that include alcohol.

On the road

• Drive according to conditions. If it's wet, icy, snowy or foggy, slow down and increase your following distance behind other vehicles to at least a four-second distance. Keep in mind that conditions may not be perfect to drive at the posted speed.

• Use headlights even in daylight to help other drivers see you.

• Don't use cruise control in wet, icy, snowy or foggy conditions.

• Be patient with all the other traffic on the highways.

• Watch out for pedestrians now that the days are shorter and darker, and remember they're often dressed in dark clothing.

• If you get tired or drowsy, stop and rest during your trip or get a rested and sober licensed driver behind the wheel.

• There are still many construction zones on our highways, and even though work will be inactive over the holiday weekend there may be equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway. Stay alert and slow down because all work zone speed limits still apply and fines increase in these areas.

• Don't drink and drive or get into a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.