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Troopers urge drivers to use extra caution as '100 Deadly Days of Summer' begins on Memorial Day weekend

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Planning to his the roads this weekend for Memorial Day? According to AAA Carolinas, so are about 1.7 million other people in North and South Carolina.

South Carolina Highway Patrol begins its 100 Deadly Days of Summer campaign this weekend. This is the time from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend when troopers see a rise in accidents because more people are traveling on the roads during the summer months. Troopers will be doing checkpoints on major highways this weekend. They’re looking for four things: drinking and driving, distracted drivers, speeders and people who aren’t wearing their seatbelts.

“Wearing your seatbelt increases your chances of surviving a crash by 88 percent,” said Lance Corporal Joe Hovis from SC Highway Patrol.

Rain is in the forecast this weekend. Troopers advise people to take it slower than usual in bad weather.

“You don’t have to do the speed limit. You can always slow down a little bit. If you turn those wipers on, make sure you turn your headlights on and be cognizant of the people around you,” explained Hovis.

Road trips mean filling up your gas tank and the average price of gas jumped 10 cents a gallon over the last two weeks. The average across the US is about $3. Gas Buddy lists the average price for the Greenville area as $2.50 - $2.70. Prices typically go up this time of year because gas stations are getting ready for the summer driving months.

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