This year to date, nearly 400 people have lost their lives on South Carolina’s highways.
And this week leading in to the Labor DAy weekend, local authorities are out in full force working to keep impaired drivers off the road.
At a roadblock Tuesday night on U.S. 321 at the North Carolina-South Carolina state line, a multijurisdictional effort garnered 44 citations and five drug charges in northern York County.
LCpl. Billy Elder of the S.C. Highway Patrol said you can expect those roadblocks to continue into the weekend.
The effort was one led by the York County Sheriff’s Office, and included officers from the Fort Mill Police Department, Clover Police Department, Rock Hill Police Department, Winthrop University Police Department, State Transport Police and the S.C. Highway Patrol.
York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Constable Trent Faris said drunk driving remains an issue in South Carolina.
The period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year is known as the 100 Deadly Days of Summer.
The S.C. Department of Public Safety says on average, 223 traffic-related deaths occur each year during the ‘Deadly Days.’