Having fun but staying safe this holiday weekend

Lots of people will flock to area beaches this Memorial Day weekend (Emily Landeen/WCIV)

By Sonya

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Memorial Day Weekend, known as the unofficial start to summer, is here -- so get ready for crowded beaches and extra traffic.

Lots of people will be hanging out here or at other area beaches this weekend soaking up the sun and relaxing in the sand.

"We want to get to the beach early and make sure we will have a good spot, so you know how crowded it's going to get especially this weekend," said Kelley Wilds, who is visiting from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tourists and locals alike agree that it's worth battling the crowd.

"We try to come out pretty early with the little ones before it gets too hecticonce it hits 12:00 p.m., it just gets mayhem," said Ashley Brace, who will be hitting the beach on Memorial Day.

And then there are some that will avoid the roads all together on Monday.

"That's why we want to head back on Sunday before Memorial Day," said Maryann Wood, visiting from Connecticut. "Riding a motorcycle and even towing the motorcycle you have to watch out for traffic. There is always a lot of traffic this weekend."

With extra cars on the road, it's important to be a patient driver.

"'100 Deadly Days of Summer' starts on Monday, which is Memorial Day, and it runs all the way through Labor Day," said Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant with SC Highway Patrol.

"That is you have more drivers on the road, more visitors, tourists coming into the state of South Carolina, you have students out of school and people just have to pay attention, slow down, obey the speed laws and be cautious."

Law enforcement will be conducting numerous checkpoints this weekend and throughout Labor Day as part of the '100 Deadly Days of Summer.'

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