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Don't risk it: Extra Troopers watching for impaired drivers until 2019

Don't risk it: Extra Troopers watching for impaired drivers until 2019

Washington State Troopers want you to know they'll have extra troopers on patrol every weekend from now through the new year.

They told Action News they'll be watching for folks driving while impaired, especially after holiday parties.

Trooper Chris Thorson says WSP doesn't mind giving folks advance warning because they'd rather folks stay off the roads than risk it.

He says the risk isn't getting caught, it's getting killed.

"Tri-Cities [has] a lot of ride-share programs available now, and if you don't want to pay for those there's always your friends or family, so please [make] arrangements to get home before you go out," he said. "The last thing we want is someone to be killed on our highways during the holiday season."

Trooper Thorson says they're watching for all kinds of impairment, and even though marijuana is legal in Washington it's often harder to gauge when it's out of your system.

That's why he says to plan ahead, because they'll be watching for you.



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