Heavy State Patrol Presence at Water Follies Weekend
KENNEWICK--State Patrol will be looking for drunk drivers and those who do not wear seatbelts. Lieutenant Jay Cabezuela says these two offenses account for 75 percent of deadly crashes.
Troopers from Moses Lake, Sunnyside, Yakima, even Spokane will be helping the patrol office in Kennewick.
32 troopers will be using a variety of motorcycles, helicopters, marked and unmarked vehicles to patrol. Troopers want people to have fun and use discretion when getting behind the wheel.
"They make bad choices and those bad choices lead to collisions, and we're gonna be out there looking for impaired drivers to make sure we prevent them from hurting themselves or somebody else this weekend," says Lt. Cabezuela.
The driver of a vehicle was killed by a drunk driver last summer. State patrol use this as an example of the effects of drunk driving at public events. They don't want a similar scene to play out again this weekend, but they know the potential is strong.