Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Between Memorial Day, Bike Fest and hot weather, our roads are going to be packed this weekend. Law enforcement officials are cracking down to make sure you stay safe.
Nearly 300 - that's how many people who weren't wearing seat belts died on South Carolina highways last year.
While traffic deaths have dropped, the goal is to get that number to zero. In order to do that, highway patrol wants to raise awareness, so, Buckle Up South Carolina kicks off Monday.
It's a two-week campaign, local law enforcement hopes will stick. You're going to notice more officers on our roads handing out tickets to unbelted drivers. If you don't wear your seat belt, it could cost you a $25 dollar fine, or even worse, a life.
Already this year, SC Highway Patrol wrote more than 6,000 tickets in Horry and Florence counties combined. Last year, they wrote more than 21,000. Officers hope to hand out fewer this year, but that requires you follow the law, especially at night.
"We know that at night time, people know that we can't see them as well in the car buckled up and we have more crashes without wearing seat belts," says South Carolina Highway Patrol Corporal Sonny Collins.
More than half of the people in our state killed in accidents did not buckle up, proving there's still room to grow.
"The more people that put on seat belts, the lower our fatalities will be, because we've seen our fatalities come down and now with the seat belt usage well over 90 percent, we know we're headed in the right direction," Collins says.
That's not the only way highway patrol is working to make our roads safe. "Move Over" is another nation-wide campaign, to keep emergency workers and you safe on our roads.
It's simple, if you see an ambulance or emergency vehicle on the road, you need to slow down and move over. Failing to do so is a misdemeanor and carries a fine up to $500.
If you type "#MoveOver" into social media, you'll see law enforcement holding up signs that say "#MOVEOVER," but that's not the only way authorities are turning to the media to spread awareness.
South Carolina Highway Patrol is turning to YouTube and commercials to grab your attention. One of those, supports the "Buckle Up SC," campaign. The video, Target Zero, is the push to get the number of traffic deaths down. The campaign brings the issue close to home.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>