The South Dakota Highway Patrol plans a combination of sobriety checkpoints and high-visibility patrols to help keep state roads safe for Fourth of July holiday travelers.
The July 4 weekend traditionally is a busy one on South Dakota highways, so drivers need to use extra caution as they travel, says Major Randy Hartley, acting superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
"In the past two years, the three-day Fourth of July holiday has resulted in more than 260 crashes with three deaths and 103 injuries," Hartley said. "We're going to be out there reminding motorists to play it safe. That means making responsible driving decisions. Wear seatbelts, follow speed limits and don't drive if you've been drinking.'"
The official holiday crash reporting period begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday. The holiday period is included in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest'" campaign. In South Dakota, the Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in seven different counties between July 1 and July 5.