Last Monday, The South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) and the South Carolina Department of Natural resources (DNR) announced the beginning of the annual “100 Deadly Days of Summer” campaign.
According to media reports, at a press conference that also included representatives of the Greenwood Police Department and the Greenwood, Abbeville, and Newberry County Sheriff’s Offices, SCHP Captain Mark Gosnell noted that 281 people died on highways in South Carolina during last year’s “100 Deadly Days.” However, the number of South Carolina traffic fatalities overall declined last year.
In an effort to diminish the number of fatalities even further, the agencies announced that more safety checkpoints will be deployed throughout the state, both on roadways and on South Carolina waterways. The South Carolina Department of Resources stressed the importance of designating a sober “designated operator” whenever people plan to drink while on a boat. According to Charleston’s ABC News station, 15 people have been killed in South Carolina boating accidents to date this year–more than the number killed in such accidents during the entire 2009.
Checkpoints throughout the state will focus on the enforcement of safety belt laws as well as all the laws related to boat safety, including the requirement of Coast-Guard approved life jackets for every person aboard a boat.