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State Patrol See Increase in Traffic-Related Issues Over Holiday Weekend

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Courtesy: Sean McKillip -- Traffic backed up along I-90 near Cle Elum Courtesy: Sean McKillip -- Traffic backed up along I-90 near Cle Elum

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Labor Day weekend is known for picnics, ball games, and the final big weekend of summer. But it also often means an increase in car accidents, traffic, and even DUI reports.

The  Washington State Patrol says DUI numbers are up over 30 percent in Kennewick this year.
Last year there were 8 collisions reported and as of Monday morning there were already 14 in the books.

According to one state patrol sergeant, anyone driving Monday night should be extra careful.

"More instances of road rage or aggressive drivers or being stuck in the backup of a collision and having to wait. So patience is the key. Give yourself plenty of space between cars while you're driving and be careful out there," said Washington State Patrol Sgt. David DeVere.

Anyone driving on the interstate Monday night should plan for extra traffic.

According to the Department of Transportation, I-90 westbound near Snoqualmie Pass could see 20 miles of back-up all due to holiday traffic.

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