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Law enforcement stepping up patrols to keep drivers safe during holiday weekend

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Law enforcement agencies across South Carolina intend to be out in full force keeping an eye on the roads and looking out for any people who may choose to drive drunk.

"We do have problems with people getting on the roadways after they've had too much to drink," said Sgt. Derek Miller with the Columbia Police Department.

The Columbia Police Department Traffic Safety Unit which will be fully manned and monitoring roads beginning July 4.

Among the things they'll be on the lookout for is drunk drivers, which police say each year can be more of a problem during a weekend holiday.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says in all, 16 people died in crashes on South Carolina roads the last time the fourth fell on a Friday.

"We do put more manpower out on the order to keep those roadways safe," Miller said. "We'll do public safety checkpoints...we'll do seatbelt checks to make sure people are buckled up."

Like every year its enforcement that won't just come on local roads but also on state the highways.

As travel officials expect half a million people will be passing through South Carolina in the coming days.

"Modern public should have the understanding that they're gonna see stepped up enforcement during these periods," said Lance Cpl. David Jones with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. "People who ordinarily might not go out and drink and drive may tend to make a poor decision during this period."

So during the holiday hustle and bustle law enforcement want to remind everyone to get where they're going safely.

"We just want everyone to be safe, have a good time, but do it responsibly," Miller said.

If you suspect someone who is driving under the influence, you can call *HP and report it.

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