Idaho State Police prepare for busy weekend ahead of eclipse

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Idaho State Police are geared up and will be out in full-force this weekend, leading up to the total solar eclipse on Monday.

“To other people this may not mean much, but to some people this is the event of a lifetime,” said Lt. Robert Rausch with the Idaho State Police.

They'll have extra troopers up in Stanley in the direct path of totality.

“One of our biggest fears — and perhaps big fear of anyone up there — is that there may be some sort of event, whether it be a fire or something else, that would keep people from getting out safely,” said Rausch.

You're encouraged to keep calls to dispatch strictly for emergencies and leave lines open for those that really need help.

“During this time, please understand that we are operating maximally for traffic flow,” said Rausch.

Visitors to the area are asked to use caution when driving alongside farm equipment.

“We are an agricultural community, we do have a lot of tractors and livestock haulers and other things on our roadways,” said Rausch. “I would ask that they are very vigilant and make sure that they can see up in front of them, and if you can't see up in front of you, proceed with a great deal of caution.”

Lt. Rausch hopes everyone has their glasses in time for the event, because looking at the sun without them could be costly.

“It's going to be a real temptation for some people to look up and see what all of the fuss is about, and we want them to be able to see for the rest of their life,” said Rausch.

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