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Washington State Patrol Considers the Holiday a Success for Travelers

State troopers were patrolling the highways for drunk drivers throughout the Fourth of July. From 6 p.m Tuesday to 7 a.m. yesterday, Washington State Patrol officers cited just eight motorists for driving under the influence. Just three of those eight were in Yakima. Lt. Terry Leibrecht says he’s pleased with the outcome of the holiday and that no one was killed. “This year we didn’t have any fatalities [or] collisions in our area here, which is what we consider a success. Any time we have an event that takes place, especially one like the Fourth of July, and we don’t have any real major events that take place, we consider that a success.”

Troopers say because the holiday fell on a Wednesday, people probably were not traveling as much as they would have if it were a weekend.

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