Enforcement to increase presence for Thanksgiving

Troopers will place increased patrols on state routes 26, 195

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

Two Washington State Patrol districts will conduct emphasis patrols starting Thursday through Nov. 25 due to Thanksgiving and the Apple Cup.

Troopers from WSP District 4 will increase patrols in Spokane, Whitman and Adams counties while District 6 officers will focus on Grant and Kittitas counties, according to a WSP press release.

Officers will focus on speeding, distracted or impaired driving and other dangerous practices, according to the release. The increased presence will be seen on state routes 26 and 195 as well as Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.

The WSP recommends students and fans traveling back and forth ensure their vehicles are ready for winter driving conditions. They also suggest packing an emergency kit containing food, water and other survival items, according to the release.

“We appreciate everyone’s help and diligence to ensure that we have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving and Apple Cup this year,” WSP District 4 Cmdr. Capt. Jeff Otis said in the release.

The Washington State Department of Transportation provides updates on road and weather conditions as well as information on mountain passes on their website.

Those travelling on SR 26 may experience delays due to prolonged bridge repairs in Adams County.

WSU students have next week off for Thanksgiving break. The Cougars host University of Washington at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in Martin Stadium for the 111th Apple Cup.