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ISP increases patrols for Fourth of July

Posted at 5:14 PM, Jul 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-04 19:51:16-04

While many are enjoying time with family and pals over the Independence Day holiday, Idaho State Police Sgt. Jens Pattis isn’t exactly making new friends.

Six on Your Side’s Marissa Morrison rode along with Sgt. Pattis as he made traffic stops on I-84 Monday.

ISP increased patrols for the holiday weekend.

"We're looking for minor violations such as registration, to aggressive driving such as speed, following to close, a multitude of things,” Pattis said.

Officers are also on the lookout for impaired drivers.

"When the barbeque grills start going is when the alcohol starts to flow," Pattis said.

Monday’s stops were routine for Pattis, but, he says, that’s not always the case.

"I think Forest Gump said it best: a traffic stop is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get," he said.

Pattis says he knows getting a ticket might put a damper on your holiday, but his job is to keep drivers as safe as possible on the busy interstate this Fourth of July.

"We're human, we have family, we're going to celebrate the Fourth of July just like everybody else,” Pattis said. “However, the laws aren't cutting breaks on holidays either. You've got to enforce them throughout the year."