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Police to turn out in force for holiday weekend

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 8:16 AM
Last updated 9:03 PM
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The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is expecting a busy weekend that combines Labor Day traffic with football traffic.

Today is expected to be the heaviest travel day over the four-day holiday period.

As part of a holiday enforcement blitz, additional troopers and administrative staffers will be added to South Carolina roads. The State Transportation Police will be out monitoring commercial motor vehicles, and the Department of Transportation will be assisting with message boards that display a DUI enforcement advisory.

Georgia and South Carolina highway patrols have produced a public service announcement focused on highway safety and drinking and driving to air before the games.

Fatal crashes have been decreasing the past three holiday weekends, and troopers hope to see it drop to zero this year. Two people died in crashes in 2012. That’s a drop from the seven fatalities in 2011 and the 10 in 2010.

In Richmond County, police said, at least three sobriety checkpoints will be set up each night through Monday as part of the 22nd Hands Across the Border drinking and driving campaign.

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