COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Officials are reminding motorists that troopers and other officers are increasing traffic enforcement during the long Independence Day weekend.
The state Department of Public Safety says the holiday travel period runs from Wednesday evening through Sunday night.
Troopers say their heightened enforcement efforts aim to prevent collisions, especially caused by drunk and aggressive driving.
Public Safety Director Leroy Smith says the good news going into the holiday weekend is that South Carolina had nearly 75 fewer fatalities than last year at this time.
There were five highway deaths in our state during the last July 4th holiday period -- one of the lowest numbers in years – but the travel period was only 30 hours long in 2012.
This year, the holiday travel period will last 102 hours.
(Photo courtesy of S.C. Department of Public Safety)