STATE: No-Text-and-Drive Will Be Enforced during Thanksgiving

Distracted driving is one of the most significant problems we see on our highways now. 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.” - SCDPS Director Leroy Smith

COLUMBIA – 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 on Wednesday. 

“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, 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.

 

ALSO, The South Carolina Highway Patrol will be conducting an enforcement initiative in Laurens County. The initiative will be a three day enforcement from December 5-7. We will be holding a press conference November 29, at 10 a.m. at the Clinton Department of Public Safety at 404 N. Broad Street, Clinton, to announce and give details of the event. Details will be forthcoming at MyClintonNews.com

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