SC Highway Patrol prepares for weekend traffic in Darlington

SC Highway Patrol prepares for weekend traffic in Darlington

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – Tens of thousands of people will be in Darlington this weekend for the Southern 500 race, which means they will also be on the roads.

"We ask that you abide by their directions," Corporal Sonny Collins of the SCHP said. "They're going to be sending you in certain ways, because to move all these people in and out of this facility, we have a certain traffic pattern that must take place.

Highway Patrol says the process of getting people out of the stadium is actually quite the opposite of getting people in because you have all day to get them in but only a few hours to get them out.

It is important for all drivers to be extra cautious because of this small time window, according to SCHP.

Drivers should definitely take into consideration the fact that it will be dark when the race ends.

Motorists are urged to be cautious because tons of cars are going to be trying to leave all at once and large numbers of pedestrians will be walking back to their cars and campers.

Cpl. Collins explains Troopers will be on almost every corner helping the flow of things and allowing pedestrians to move about safely.

They want to remind everyone that drinking and driving will not be tolerated and to make sure you buckle up.

Many people will also be walking into the raceway so motorists should be extra watchful of pedestrians.

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