Safety checkpoints scheduled for Grand Strand over holiday weekend

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Update November 20, 2012: Thanksgiving is a time for merriment and spirits, just don't get behind the wheel while under the influence.

Heads up, local law enforce is planning to step up their checkpoint game over the weekend in an effort to reduce drunk drivers out on the roads. 

First report: The days surrounding the 4th of July holiday have, historically, been the most fatal on South Carolina highways.  As part of their 100 Days of Summer Heat safety campaign, officers throughout the state will have a prominent presence.  Expect checkpoints across the area.

The 100 Days of Summer Heat refers to the time frame between the Friday before Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. During this time last year there were 4,930 DUI arrests statewide.  The State Highway Patrol produced a video called Drink. Drive. Die? to help educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

To read more about the precautions taken by law enforcement this holiday week and more statistics about roadway fatalities, see this press release by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. 

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