Troopers warn against drunk; distracted driving this Labor Day weekend

Troopers warn against drunk; distracted driving this Labor Day weekend

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As Labor Day weekend approaches troopers, want to remind drivers not to drive drunk or distracted on packed roads such as I-26 AND I-20.

They say drunk driving is the most common cause of deadly crashes in South Carolina, but also that distracted driving like texting and driving is dangerous.

It is illegal to text and drive in South Carolina but there's a bill being drafted as we speak to stiffen the consequences and also make it illegal to even hold a phone or electronic device while driving.

"Most of the time what we're still seeing is people driving on the road with their phone up in their face of their phone in the windshield as they text or they search Facebook, and we're going to be looking for people making those poor decisions", said Lance Corporal David Jones. "Don't subject your safety or anybody else's safety for that two-second text."

So far this year, more than 600 people have been killed on South Carolina roads.

Troopers say more than half of those were caused by drunk driving. They will be out doing checkpoints to crack down on that over the long weekend.

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