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Cast Coalition to hold several weekend checkpoints

Officers can also find fugitives at these check points, drugs,and guns during checkpoints. (Source: Lisa Gresci) Officers can also find fugitives at these check points, drugs,and guns during checkpoints. (Source: Lisa Gresci)
If you do approach a checkpoint be sure to have your license, registration, and insurance information ready. (Source: Lisa Gresci) If you do approach a checkpoint be sure to have your license, registration, and insurance information ready. (Source: Lisa Gresci)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF)- The Cast Coalition is working with several agencies to set up weekend checkpoints. 

Police said that there will be several checkpoints this weekend but  they aren't staying in one place for too long because they've learned that word travels fast.

"Word travels fast with social media. People will start talking on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and whatever else," Sargeant Jeff Benton said. Individuals know where we are. We may do eight check points, we may do 10, we may do two."

Sergeant Jeff Benton with the Cast Coalition said it's up to the local agencies to determine when and where to have these checkpoints since they know the problem areas and where people may risk drinking and driving.

"If an individual thinks they can go out to a local establishment, drink and take the back roads home because that's where they are going to be safe. No that's where people get hurt," added Sergeant Benton. 

Friday was move in day for Coastal Carolina University. College students admit people will drink if they want to but it is important to plan accordingly.

"Everybody says find a DD if you are going to do that and that's mainly the safest way to do it. Make sure you have everything designated before you go," said CCU Sophomore, Derek Bussey.

Sergeant Benton wants college students to think about their future before getting behind the wheel.

"You don't need to start your college career with an arrest or your mug shot out there."

Sergeant Benton explained that the people who are caught drinking at these check points will be taken aside, sobriety tested, and if the officer calls for it, taken to a blood alcohol testing facility.

"You know you could refuse the sample also there are penalties that go along with the refusal also. You could lose your driving privileges in this state."

Sergeant Benton said drunk drivers are not the only targets here.

He explained that officers can also find fugitives at these check points, drugs,and guns during checkpoints.

If you do approach a checkpoint be sure to have your license, registration, and insurance information ready. 

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