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11/24/04

Low Country Students Serve Coffee with Message for Travelers to Keep Alert

Are you going somewhere? Millions of us are traveling for Thanksgiving. In fact, typically this weekend is one of the most dangerous holidays because of all the traffic. But a group of Low Country high school students are doing their part to reduce fatalities.

To help keep travelers and their families safe this holiday, students from Battery Creek High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions group are passing out free coffee, hot chocolate and tea at the welcome center in Hardeeville as part of the Wake Up South Carolina campaign.

"We're hoping to have the drivers stay alert to make the roads safer for people traveling over the holiday," said the group's Jessica Myers.

Especially since South Carolina ranks at the top of the list for alcohol-related fatalities.

Not only is this a way to help keep drivers alert, but it's also an opportunity for the group to share its message.

"They're coming up asking questions about what we're doing," Derrell Brown of SADD told us. "We're trying to show them, don't drive when you're tired, stay alert on the roads and don't drink and drive."

And many travelers are taking advantage of their hospitality. "I think it's really good that the kids are out here just helping out those of us that are traveling," said Melanie Ware, from Florida.

Yesterday, the group served more than 2,000 people. They expect to serve about the same today and will be out there until about 1am tomorrow morning.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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