Fireworks end, Highway Patrol checkpoints begin
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The fireworks displays for the Fourth of July have ended, but State Troopers were just getting started Thursday night at a DUI checkpoint to make sure people are being safe -- and sober -- while driving home.
Officers said their focus is making sure everyone gets home safely, which is why South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers spent part of their night near Interstate 26 and Ashley Phosphate Road.
The Fourth of July holiday weekend is historically one of the deadliest weekends on the state's roads, so authorities urged people to be careful as they celebrate Independence Day.
Trooper Bridget Wyant said Thursday night that officers are looking for any kind of violation, not just DUIs, so they could be ticketing and arresting people for seatbelt violations, insurance and license problems and impairment.
"With it being such a busy holiday, hopefully we can prevent any fatalities," Wyant said.
She added that Troopers are still seeing a lot of people, especially at night, who are not wearing their seatbelts, a habit that officers want to stop because seatbelts could save lives in an accident.
The checkpoints have been set up all over the Lowcountry.