Law enforcement cracking down on drunk drivers during holiday weekend

Law enforcement cracking down on drunk drivers during holiday weekend

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - This weekend AAA estimates 41.9 million people will travel at least 50 miles this weekend.

Due to the heavy traffic, Highway Patrol is teaming up with local agencies to keep an extra eye on safety.

Tonight officers with the Columbia Police Department and USC have established checkpoints throughout the capital city this weekend.

In an effort to reduce fatalities and traffic collisions, officers will check for proper seatbelt use, a valid driver's license and most importantly possible impairment.

The Independence Day weekend falls into what Highway Patrol calls the 100 deadly days of Summer.

According to Trooper David Jones, last year ten people in South Carolina lost their lives during the 4th of July weekend.

"This year we're going to go for a target zero goal, we don't want any fatalities on our highway," says Jones. "If we see people that's drinking and driving we want the public to call those people in call star 67 and let us know. State troopers and your local law enforcement agencies are going to hold sobriety checkpoints."

Trooper Jones also says to plan ahead, and if you know you plan to drink- do so responsibly and always have a designated driver.

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