KENNEWICK, Wash.-- While drivers are gearing up their engines for boat race weekend, State Patrol says they'll be gearing up theirs for safety.
They will be having an emphasis patrol all weekend long. Troopers say they'll be looking for speeding and aggressive drivers.
Also DUI's and seatbelt enforcement. They have patrols coming in from Walla Walla, Sunnyside and Yakima to help out.
They'll also have aircraft flying over State Route 240, 395, and Interstate 82. Troopers say they don't want the fun to turn fatal.
"It's just to make sure we have a safe flow of traffic in and around Tri-Cities, we would typically have 4 or 5 troopers on a night shift, during Water Follies we're going to have 12 to 15 out every night," said Sergeant Zach Elmore, with the Washington State Patrol.
This event is expected to bring more than 50,000 people to the Tri-Cities. State Patrol says they want people to keep an keep an eye out for more patrols, but also for pedestrians and people coming from out of town.