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More Troopers On the Roads This Thanksgiving Weekend

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Slow down and buckle up, troopers said they will be out looking for violators.

Authorities report that 17 people have died on our roads this year.

Troopers said they will have more troopers working this Thanksgiving weekend in an effort to keep people safe.

Washington State Patrol Lt. Jay Cabezuela said, "In this region the primary causes of fatality collisions are DUIs and people not wearing seat belts and those are the two things we are going to pay more attention to."

They will be adding more troopers to the roadways from Wednesday through Sunday.

Leaders with State Patrol suggested people stay at home if they are drinking, have a designated driver or get a cab -- it's a lot cheaper than paying for a DUI.

And for anyone whose traveling out of the area troopers said there will be extra enforcement on I-90 and other highways between Ritzville and Missoula.