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Troopers step up patrols

PULLMAN – The Washington State Patrol has stepped up its patrols in advance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday and increased student travel to and from Washington State University.

The increased patrols will run through Nov. 26, officials said, noting troopers will be focusing on speed, driving too fast for conditions, using a cell phone while driving, drunken driven and other issues.

Stepped up patrols will be concentrated on state Highway 26, U.S. Highway 395, and Interstate 90 through Adams County; and U.S. Highway 195 in Whitman and Spokane counties.

The patrol said motorists should pay “close attention” to speed limits, and changing weather and road conditions.

The patrol encouraged motorists, particularly students crossing the state, to be sure they are prepared for winter travel.

Motorists should have an emergency kit with water, food, blankets, winter clothing and emergency flares in their vehicles, the patrol said.

Make sure all vehicular fluids are full and the battery is good, the patrol said. Vehicle should have properly inflated all-season or snow tires, as well.

“We appreciate everyone’s help and diligence to ensure that we have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving this year,” patrol Capt. Jeff Otis said.


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