WSP is running emphasis patrols over Labor Day weekend

The most important thing about Labor Day weekend is getting home safe once it’s over.

Already, Washington State Patrol have busted dangerous drivers. They have extra patrols out right now, and those troopers are already making a difference.

So far this #LaborDay weekend…..

District 4 troopers have removed 18 impaired drivers from our roads.

We will have extra patrols out tonight. #DriveSober

— Trooper J. Sevigney (@wspd4pio) September 1, 2019

4 News Now reached out to Trooper Jeff Sevigney, who reported that WSP has already caught 18 impaired drivers since Friday. With those extra patrols out tonight, they likely won’t be the last ones to be caught.

If you’re headed out to those Labor Day Weekend plans, there’s an even more important step before getting in your car — and that’s making sure you get home safe.

“We know there will be increased traffic on all of our roadways. Just plan ahead if you’re going to be out and about. Have a good time, but do so responsibly and have a designated driver,” said Trooper Sevigney, “[There were] potentially eighteen lives saved and that’s why, ultimately, we’re out here on Labor Day weekend with extra Troopers out on the roadway — to avoid those serious injuries and fatal crashes.”

Trooper Sevigney says they’re being even more vigilant on weekends like this, while even more patrols will be out at night.

“It can happen at any time, so our main bulk of extra patrols occurs in the evening hours,” he said.

Every holiday weekend calls for added patrols, but they see a lot of issues on Labor Day weekend, particularly because it marks the end of summer.

While making sure to have a designated driver, it’s also important to stay away from distractions while driving — distractions like your phone.

According to Washington State Patrol, distracted driving has been one of the most common factors in fatal crashes this year. “The law is pretty clear,” Trooper Sevigney remarked. “You can’t use your phone, you can’t touch it while you’re driving. Your number one goal, when you’re driving, is to drive.”

If you need to have that phone for something important, have a passenger hold onto it for you.