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State Patrol tracks DUI's in the air

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Water follies weekend is one of the biggest traditions in the Tri-Cities and with that comes many drunk drivers. Which is why the Washington State Patrol troopers has their 'eye in the sky.'

"They'll use what's called a FLIR. Forward looking infrared camera that will stay with that car night or day while a line or road trooper can catch up to the units and the ground can stop their car," said Sergeant Zach Elmore from State Patrol.

Sgt. Elmore is referring to the DUI Aerial Response Team. Here's how it works, if you spot a drunk driver call 911. That message will then be relayed to the pilot.

"The dispatch center will patch in that call to the aircraft and the pilot himself will talk to the person who called 911 and they'll locate that car and stay with it," said Elmore.

Once you're on the phone with the Trooper stay on the line. You're job from here is to help the pilot locate and track the driver.

"If you can safely make a 911 call because you think someone is driving in front of you that is hazardous, yeah we want that help. Give us a call, stay on the line and we'll get an officer there as quick as possible," said Elmore.

The aerial patrols begin Friday night of Water Follies weekend and continue until Sunday evening.

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