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Extra WSP Patrols on the Road & in the Air for Water Follies Weekend

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Water Follies means more cars on the road and Washington State Patrol is putting more troopers on patrol this weekend to monitor traffic.

There's even a trooper in the air sending messages to other troopers on the ground to pull over cars.

We heard a WSP trooper over the scanner sending a message to a trooper on the ground, "He's the only red car around. Over now. Right lane. We got him. Right there. Nice timing."

All local troopers are on the roads this weekend monitoring traffic for aggressive drivers, speeding and drunk driving.

"We shift our resources towards the Tri-Cities to bump up our staffing in the area and we're at full capacity. So, we're out there on the highways. You should see somebody no matter what direction you're going, the interstate or the highways, you're going to see a state trooper," said Lt. Michael Saunders, Washington State Patrol.

Saunders says the aircraft is used through the afternoon and in the evening troopers shift their focus to look more for drunk drivers.