Agencies step up weekend patrols

Water Follies activities prompt effort

— Washington State Patrol troopers will be conducting traffic safety emphasis patrols throughout Water Follies weekend.

The emphasis patrols will focus on speeding, driving under the influence, aggressive driving, distracted driving and seat belt enforcement Friday through Sunday.

“Our primary goal is to reduce serious injury and fatality collisions,” Chief John Batiste said.

“We want this Water Follies weekend to be a safe and enjoyable event for everyone in the Tri-Cities.”

The State Patrol is urging people to not drink and drive, arrange for a designated driver, always wear their seat belts, and to drive at safe and legal speeds.

More than 70,000 people are expected this weekend in the Tri-Cities for the annual Water Follies hydroplane racing event.

Hydroplanes hit the water tomorrow afternoon, with official racing planned for Saturday and Sunday offshore from Columbia Park, upstream of the Blue Bridge.


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