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Home  |  News  |  Highway Patrol warns drivers to be careful

Highway Patrol warns drivers to be careful
Friday, May 25, 2012

AIKEN, SC - State and local law enforcement officers are kicking off the annual summer traffic enforcement campaign to put the brakes on highway traffic fatalities.

The state's Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic campaign is aimed at combating aggressive and dangerous behaviors.

The 100 Days of Summer HEAT is an estimated 100-day period that begins today and runs through Labor Day.

The number of people killed during the summer campaign has topped 200 in recent years, troopers said.

"Ensuring motorists are buckled up and motorcyclists are abiding by helmet and licensing laws is the primary focus of the campaign because these issues tend to especially be problematic during summer travel," according to the state highway patrol.

Leroy Smith, the state's public safety director, said traffic safety is the department's No. 1 goal all year but said troopers pay special attention to the next 100 days to ensure state residents and visitors remain safe.

State troopers also ask that motorists who see dangerous drivers on the highway notify Highway Patrol by calling *HP - *47 - and give troopers a chance to stop the motorist before aggressive or drunken driving ends in tragedy.

Troopers are enforcing the state's primary seat belt law.

Seat belts are designed to keep the occupant restrained in the vehicle, contact the strongest parts of the body, spread forces over a wide area of the body, help the body to slow down and protect the brain and spinal cord, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with Highway Patrol.

Motorists not wearing a seat belt are seven times more likely to die, troopers said.

Highway Patrol will also be looking to put impaired motorists behind bars as a part of the state's Sober or Slammer campaign.

The troopers are working to curb the high number of motorcycle deaths reported in the state.

Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear proper equipment, have rider education, ride within personal limits and chose the right motorcycle.

Riders must also have proper licensing.

Seventy-four percent of all motorcycle riders killed in crashes are not wearing helmets, troopers said.

Although there is no mandatory helmet law in the state for most motorcycle riders, all riders under 21 must wear a helmet.

Source: http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/052512-Memorial-Day

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