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Highway patrol eyes beachbound drivers during holiday weekend

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - This Friday is one of the biggest travel days of the summer.  More than 445,000 drivers are expected to hit the roads, and troopers think many of them will be coming to Horry County.

WMBF News has been talking with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and out of all the other places across the state, the main focus will be on drivers in the area.

"Our routes are going to be busy," said Lance Corporal Sonny Collins. "Our interstates, our U.S. highways, anything leading to the beach this holiday seems to be the busiest. Other holidays, the focus is on other places, but for Labor Day it's only going to be about the beach routes."

SCHP says because there will be so many more cars out on the roads in Horry County, there's going to be more patrol cars watching motorists. These are the areas where they are almost guaranteed to see troopers this weekend: Highway 501, 544, 17 and also any interstates that lead to the beach. Those are the hotspots, and areas that usually have the most traffic troubles, so everyone should make sure they are driving safely in those areas.

South Carolina is heading into the last and biggest weekend for the 100 Deadly Days of Summer. With so many people expected to be here in the area, troopers are taking a strict zero tolerance policy. They will be out starting Friday, through Labor Day holiday.

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