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WSP ready to slam brakes on drunk drivers during boat races

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KENNEWICK, WA-The Washington State Patrol doesn't want to spoil your Water Follies fun, but don't expect a free pass this weekend if you're speeding, driving drunk or not wearing a seatbelt.

"We're not in the business of giving warnings or rides home to people driving under the influence because we know the impact they have on people on the roadways," says WSP Lieutenant Roger Wilbur. "Those people are going to removed from the roadways and put in jail."

Every available trooper in the Tri-Cities will be on the road this weekend. The WSP has also brought in additional troopers from Yakima, Grandview, and Walla Walla.

They'll be patrolling on bikes, planes, and unmarked cars hunting down speeders, drunk drivers, and people not wearing seatbelts. 

As in past years, the state patrol will shut down the entrance to Columbia Park from SR 240 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to keep the traffic moving after the day's races.

Troopers will also close the Edison off ramp, and troopers will also be watching for pedestrians trying to catch a ride home from the shoulder of 240.

"That is something we won't allow," Wilbur says.

WSP recommends catching one of the Ben Franklin Transit shuttles to and from Columbia Park.

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