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Law enforcement out in full force during holiday weekend

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

With the unofficial kickoff to summer starting this weekend, law enforcement officers are cautioning drivers on what they call the 100 deadly days of summer and are asking drivers to be extra cautious on the roads.

Major highways and interstates will be flooded this weekend as people get away for the Memorial Day holiday.

Although it's a nice three day break for most, it unfortunately marks the beginning of the 100 deadly days of summer.

Those 100 deadly days start this weekend and lasts through Labor Day.

It's been coined 100 deadliest days by highway patrol because their is an uptick in alcohol related crashes.

More people are on the roads both South Carolinians and out of state drivers.

People are also traveling with more passengers in the car, sometimes causing more distractions and putting more people at risk to get hurt when a crash happens.  

"During that period, typically looking back over the years we see that our fatality rate tends to increase with the influx of travelers, unfortunately our fatality rate spikes during that time," said Lance Cpl. David Jones. "It's during that time that we want to remind motorists to slow down take their time and watch their speed."

And keep in mind that you can always call *HP if you see any of this while you're heading out of town.

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