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Law enforcement has big plans for Labor Day crackdowns

The 100 Deadly Days of Summer are known to be when the most people are traveling on the roads. | Source: WMBF News The 100 Deadly Days of Summer are known to be when the most people are traveling on the roads. | Source: WMBF News
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Law enforcement agencies, county and statewide, are coming out full throttle for Labor Day weekend. This will be one of the busiest weekends of the summer, and agencies will be on the lookout for anyone driving impaired.

The goal is end the 100 Deadly Days of Summer with no more crashes or deaths.

Since Memorial Day, roadway deaths and DUI arrest numbers are similar to this time last year, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol. The agency has made 312 DUI arrests; last year, there were a total of 343 during the same time frame.

Highway patrol isn't the only agency cracking down this weekend. The Horry County CAST coalition is enforcing the other end of the spectrum – underage drinking.

"Officers with CAST Coalition are going to be at different locations," says Sergeant Jeff Benton with Horry County Sheriff's Office.

Sergeant Benton is also the Chairman of the CAST Coalition.

"Different information that we've received about to underage parties, individuals that may host underage drinking. Businesses that may serve to underage drinkers. Those are the type of things that we are going to be looking for this weekend," he said.

Underage college kids just getting back to school may put themselves at risk by partying, Benton said.

"These types of arrests and charges could really be detrimental longterm, too for, say, college students who are here with scholarships. Horry Georgetown Tech and Coastal Carolina University have very strict alcohol policies. So the key is to remember you're here for an education, not incarceration."

The 100 Deadly Days of Summer are known to be when the most people are traveling on the roads. The deadliest time of year is typically the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to Highway Patrol.

"The bottom line is safety. We want folks to be safe. We're not out here picking on anybody. We're out here merely enforcing," Benton said.

Sergeant Benton says even though the Cast Coalition will be out focusing on underage drinking, if officers see an impaired driver on the road, no matter what that person will be pulled over and arrested.

Highway Patrol says they'll be focusing along the coast.

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