Extra troopers patrolling I-5 over Thanksgiving

Extra troopers patrolling I-5 over Thanksgiving

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by Associated Press, KGW Staff

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Posted on November 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 1:26 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Extra state troopers will on hand for emphasis patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday along the entire West Coast stretch of Interstate 5 from San Diego to Bellingham.

Officials from the California Highway Patrol, Oregon State Police and Washington State Patrol announced the "I-5 Challenge" campaign Monday morning at the WSP district headquarters in Vancouver.

Troopers said the goal of the challenge is to make sure drivers are safe on the roads so that the upcoming holiday weekend is a "zero fatality" travel time on I-5. 

"Speed continues to be a leading killer on our highways and, mixed with aggressive driving, it is even more deadly," said California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow. 

Washington State Police Chief John Batiste said 100 people died because they weren't wearing seat belts last year in Wash. 

"It's bad enough that we hate to notify a family on what should be a holiday, that they've lost a loved one in a traffic collision," Batiste said. "It's doubly heartbreaking when simply buckling up could have saved that person's life." 

 

Troopers said drivers should make sure to slow down, drive sober, buckle up and have patience on the roads while traveling during the holidays. 

KGW Reporter Ashley Korslien contributed to this report. 

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