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Highway fatalities down so far this summer

Jul 2, 2010 8:13:00 PM - thestate.com
Highway fatalities have declined since the beginning of the 100 Deadly Days of Summer – the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the State Highway Patrol reported Friday.

As of June 30, there have been 50 highway fatalities compared to 99 during a similar period in 2009. The agency’s summer safety partnership with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources “On the water and on the road” continues this weekend.

Since the Highway Patrol kicked off its partnership with DNR on Memorial Day weekend, there have been more than 1,300 DUI arrests.

The safety campaign places a stronger enforcement emphasis on impaired driving on the water and road. There have been special impaired driving enforcement efforts as well as radio, television and billboards emphasizing the effort.

Highway Patrol Col. Kenny Lancaster Jr. said motorists should be aware of increased enforcement throughout the state with all administrative troopers and staff working during this heavy travel time.