Authorities warn of holiday driving dangers - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Authorities warn of holiday driving dangers

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Official: 3 bodies retrieved from inside ferry

    Official: 3 bodies retrieved from inside ferry

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:52:12 GMT
    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into...More >>
    A coast guard official says divers retrieved three bodies from inside a ferry that sunk off South Korea, raising the confirmed death toll to 36 with more than 265 people still missing, most of them high school students on...More >>
  • Montgomery native wins Ancil Payne journalism award

    Montgomery native wins Ancil Payne journalism award

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:50:55 GMT
    A Montgomery native and former student at St. James High School has won the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism. Mazie Bryant, who is the editor-in-chief of the University of Alabama's CrimsonMore >>
    A Montgomery native and former student at St. James High School has won the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism.More >>
  • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:43:28 GMT
    A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon efforts to stabilize the hillside.More >>
    No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.More >>

Horry County, SC (WMBF) As thousands of Carolina drivers take to the roads this weekend, police will be out in full force looking for intoxicated drivers.

Jeff Benton, Public Information Officer for the Horry County Sheriff's Office, says law enforcement will conduct DUI and safety checkpoints throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

"Our coalitions going to be out working hard to be sure that the families that are out traveling, wherever you may be going or coming from, are safe," Benton says.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says during Thanksgiving weekend last year, there were 97 vehicle collisions in our area; 7 caused by DUI.  Authorities also issued 59 citations for driving under the influence.

But intoxicated driving is not the only thing police are worried about.

"Distracted driving is certainly a main issue, things such as texting, using the cell phones," Benton says.

A new study by State Farm Insurance found that the number of drivers using the Internet on their phone has nearly doubled in the last 3 years, creating a big distraction for drivers.  Benton says police are also concerned about tired drivers, which can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. 

"I would just say to folks don't take a chance," Benton says.  "We have an extra long weekend, and if it takes an extra day of rest or another couple hours of rest, please do so."

South Carolina Highway Patrol doesn't keep statistics on how many accidents are caused by exhaustion or distracted driving, but regardless, Benton says law enforcement is pleading with drivers to use common sense so everyone gets home safe.

"Not only are you endangering the lives of you and your family...my family could be out here, everybody's families will be out here on the roadway also," Benton says.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, one person was killed in a vehicle accident during the Thanksgiving holiday in our area.

Copyright 2012 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow