Highway patrol cracking down on Fourth of July weekend drunk driving

Source: South Carolina Department of Public Safety
Source: South Carolina Department of Public Safety

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Fourth of July weekend falls in the middle of what law enforcement officials call the 100 deadly days of summer, stretching from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

This year, the South Carolina highway patrol is calling all hands on deck to keep people safe and crack down on drunk drivers. Every single trooper, and even some administrative officers, will be patrolling the roads in the Lowcountry and across the state.

The highway patrol is also teaming up with the Department of Natural Resources, which will be patrolling the waterways.

Every other local law enforcement agency across the state will also be part of the effort.

The highway patrol and several local police agencies will be setting up DUI checkpoints, so don't drive if you have been drinking.

"The main focus state-wide is to save peoples' lives," said Capt. Chris Williamson of the SC highway patrol. "Less than what we had last year during the 100 deadly days of summer."

Officials say they still encourage people to enjoy the holiday and have a great time by having a few drinks. They just want to make sure people are being responsible and following the laws.

The highway patrol is also going to be cracking down on seatbelt enforcement and other moving violations.

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