Higher DUIs, accidents on some roads for New Year

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Thousands in the Grand Strand are hitting city streets to ring in 2013, but so many people on the road could make some intersections more dangerous than others.

"We drive slow, cautious, we've got precious cargo," said Jennifer Swift, whose family is visiting her and her husband for the holidays. They're going to Broadway at the Beach to celebrate the new year, but are leaving well before the ball drops at midnight.

"We'll be leaving right after the fireworks," Swift said. "We don't want to be on the roads at that time of night."

The decision to head out early just may keep the Swift family a little safer. Myrtle Beach Police reports from New Year's Eve 2010 as well as New Year's Eve 2011 show some of the intersections around Broadway at the Beach have more DUI arrests and traffic accidents than any other intersection.

All but three arrests and traffic collisions occurred before 1 a.m., prompting some party-goers to rethink their plans.

"We're thinking about staying at home and just having friends come over," said Brian Coon. "That way we play it safe."

Areas of town like Broadway, the Market Common or the north end by 77th Avenue have more restaurants, bars, and venues, so those areas naturally attract large crowds, but they may also attract more impaired drivers.

For the cautious driver, it may be better to head out early or even take a slower, but less crowded road.

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