Special Enforcement During Thanksgiving Travel

“STOP Texting and Driving”

Ed Jenson
November 21, 2017 - 1:58 am

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety will be conducting a special enforcement effort to curb distracted driving this week as traffic volume increases for Thanksgiving travel. Community Relations Officers will also be distributing safety materials and talking with motorists about safe holiday travel at rest areas and welcome centers around the state.
“Distracted driving is one of the most significant problems we see on our highways now,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith.  “As technology in the vehicle grows, so does the temptation to look away for just a few seconds, which can – and does – have deadly consequences.”
According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving multiplies the chances of an individual being involved in a collision by 23 times.
From November 20-26, 2017, the SCHP, joined by the State Transport Police (STP), will conduct a “STOP Texting and Driving” enforcement initiative, which is a continuation of the Operation STOP effort that troopers have used this year to curb aggressive driving. SCHP chose Thanksgiving week for the texting and driving enforcement because of the increase in traffic volume and the chance for distractions during long trips.
In 2016, there were 16 highway deaths during the Thanksgiving travel period. This year’s 102-hour travel period will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and continue through Sunday, November 26, at midnight.
So far this year, total statewide fatalities are running behind 2016 with 850 highway fatalities year-to-date compared to 908 fatalities at this time last year.


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