More Motorists, More 'Blue Lights' During Holiday Weekend

State Highway Patrol out in full force this holiday weekend

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By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- The number of deaths on South Carolina's roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend last year was three times higher than the year before. State Highway Patrol wants that number to be zero this year. ABC Columbia's Monique Williams has more on what you need to know before hitting the road this Holiday weekend.

Officials say more people this year will drive to their Thanksgiving holiday destination than last year. In fact, 43.6 million Americans plan to do so. In South Carolina, State Highway Patrol says expect to see them everywhere. In addition to not drinking and driving, buckling up and obeying the speed limit, troopers also urge to you keep the Move Over Law in mind.

"We ask that you slow down and move over into the other lane as approaching a work zone or emergency personnel on the side of the road," said Lance Cpl. Brent Kelly. "Give these people enough space and time to finish the job they're doing at the time."

The Holiday weekend begins Wednesday at 6pm and goes until midnight Sunday. You can also expect to see troopers at area rest stops and partnering with local law enforcement officers for random checkpoints.

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