The S.C. Highway Patrol will be out in full force this Labor Day weekend in hopes of closing out the 100 Deadly Days of Summer with a record-low number of fatalities.
The patrol will saturate the highways today and Monday to monitor incoming and outgoing traffic for the holiday and then hit other roadways in between. Even the administrators will be patrolling the roadways, Cpl. Paul Brouthers said.
"There won't be anybody in the office," he said.
The 100 Deadly Days of Summer is the time period between Memorial and Labor days. Since Memorial Day weekend, there have been 177 fatalities on South Carolina roadways this year. Last year, there were 255 fatalities over the same time span, including nine over the Labor Day weekend, Brouthers said.
Troopers also have seen a decrease in fatalities for the entire year. There were 605 deaths at this point last year; 504 so far this year.
Brouthers said they will continue other special enforcement initiatives, such as the crackdown on the deadly stretch of Interstate 26 between Jedburg and Interstate 95. Troopers have written 390 tickets and 410 warnings in the first month of the crackdown. They also worked 21 collisions in that stretch.
The Highway Patrol also will join with local law enforcement agencies in the Sober or Slammer! Labor Day enforcement blitz that runs through Monday and the "On the Water and On the Road" partnership with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
Motorists are asked to contact the Highway Patrol if they see a motorist they suspect is driving under the influence.
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