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Troopers urge seat belt use during Thanksgiving travel

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Traffic moves along Interstate 385 in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina) Traffic moves along Interstate 385 in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Troopers said they will be making a strong push for seat belt safety during the busiest travel week of the year.

Officials said that 11 people died over the Thanksgiving weekend in South Carolina last year. They said three died the year before.

"Our goal for Thanksgiving weekend is zero fatalities," said state Department of Safety Director Leroy Smith. "One death is unacceptable to us, and we will use every toll we have to prevent highway tragedies."

Nearly 730 people have died on South Carolina roadways this year, and 279 of those were not wearing seat belts, officials said.

In addition to promoting seat belt use, troopers urge drivers to follow these tips during the holiday travel:

  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Keep a safe following distance - at least three seconds behind the car in front of you.
  • Report aggressive drivers or driving exhibiting signs of impairment.
  • Be aware of work zones and observe move-over laws.
  • Refrain from traveling at night or after a large meal, when most drivers are fatigued.

Officials said that during the holiday travel period, troopers will be stationed at rest areas across the state, educating drivers on safety techniques.

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