Deadly weekend on roads wraps up 100 'deadly days of summer'

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- There will be an increase in law enforcement and driving checkpoints on the roads Monday for the Labor Day holiday, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Monday marks the official end of what the Highway Department calls the '100 Deadly Days of Summer.'

Highway patrol officers say traffic fatalities occur the most between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays every year. Already this Labor Day weekend, troopers say they've responded to ten highway fatalities statewide.

According to Highway Patrol officials, this summer saw an almost 16 percent decline in deaths compared to last year. The Highway Patrol says there have been 172 deaths so far this year in the state compared to 204 deaths last year during the same time period.

"Make the right decisions, know that you're going to have a long weekend. It's going to be hot outside. Have a designated driver. Make your plans and also when you're headed home to your destination, leave a little bit earlier, allow extra time cause you know there is going to be congestion -- especially Monday afternoon into the evening with everyone else going home too," said Sgt. Bob Beres of the SC Highway Patrol.

Triple AAA Carolinas reports that the number of people on the roads traveling for the Labor Day weekend is the highest it's been in six years.