HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Numerous alcohol related arrests have been made over the Thanksgiving holiday after the South Carolina Department of Public Safety warned it was ramping up efforts on state roads.
Last week the South Carolina Department of Public Safety said it would work with local law enforcement offices to place more officers on the roads over the Thanksgiving holiday with speeding and impaired drivers as the main offenders to control.
After seeing a sharp increase in crash related fatalities, the SCDPS took a hard stance against senseless deaths resulting from car crashes. Based on online booking records from J. Reuben Long Detention Center, increased patrols have worked.
Online records show 11 alcohol and driving arrests were made from midnight Thursday morning until Friday at 3:20 a.m. In just over 24 hours, more than 40 percent of suspects booked into the detention center were there on a driving while intoxicated or having an open container of alcohol in the car charge.
SCDPS Director, Leroy Smith, says after weeks of running as many as 45 fatalities behind last year at this time, South Carolina has seen a dismal turn including a recent quadruple fatality in the Lowcountry.
While people are enjoying Thanksgiving with their families, officers will be on the roads making sure drivers arrive safely. Smith states that when people see blue lights and know that consequences are imminent and real, they adjust their driving behaviors accordingly.
The SCDPS says drivers should think before getting behind the wheel. Speeding to reach your destination sooner or having a couple of drinks before heading home is not worth the consequences.
Report reckless drivers or those you suspect may be impaired by calling *HP.