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WSP to Emphasize Patrols For Thanksgiving

Pullman, Wash – The Washington State Patrol (WSP) will be conducting emphasis patrols starting November 17th, and running through November 26th as Washington State University (WSU) students travel across the state for the Thanksgiving holiday break.  District 4 troopers in Spokane, Whitman and Adams counties will be focusing on speeding violations, driving too fast for conditions, distracted/impaired driving and other collision-causing violations during the emphasis.   

Motorists traveling to and from WSU will see an increased WSP presence on State Routes 26 & 195.  We encourage travelers to pay close attention to posted speed limits and to be prepared for changing road and weather/winter driving conditions.  You can find current road and weather conditions on all state highways by going to the website or mobile apps provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).  WSDOT provides updates on road and weather conditions, including mountain pass updates, to help motorists who are planning on being on area roads.

Students traveling across the state should make sure to prepare their vehicles for winter travel conditions.  A small emergency kit with water, food, blankets, winter clothing and emergency flares are a good idea.  Make sure all the fluids in vehicles are full and the vehicle’s battery is in good working order.  Good all-season or snow tires, as well as tire chains are advised and may be required when traveling over the mountain passes.  “We appreciate everyone’s help and diligence to ensure that we have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving this year,” said WSP District 4 Commander Captain Jeff Otis.

The WSP, WSU and other state and local officials will be working hard throughout the break to ensure everyone heading to and from Pullman has a safe and enjoyable holiday.