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State Troopers Beef Up Patrols for Boat Race Traffic

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Extra Washington State Patrol Troopers are headed our way for boat race weekend.

Last year troopers pulled over 1,000 drivers and wrote over 800 speeding tickets during the popular race weekend.

This year, there will be dozens of troopers patrolling the highways during boat races looking for drunk drivers, speeders and anyone else breaking the law. 

Patrols won't only be on the ground this year.  Troopers will also be flying over State Route 240 to catch speeders from the air.  It's all in an attempt to keep drivers safe but troopers also hope to break last year's record of over 800 speeding tickets for the weekend.

One of the state patrol's primary focus points is the Columbia Drive exit of the park.  That's where troopers pulled dozens of drivers over last year.  Some angry citizens said it resembled a road block wich is illegal in our state. 

Lt. Shawn Berry with the state patrol said it's not uncommon for troopers to line up and pull anyone committing infractions over.  He said no one is violating the law by doing so. 

"No one died last year on the highway and no one was seriously hurt," adds Berry.