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A relaxing start to celebrate Labor Day

Dalton Ballard,13, of Rock Hill got an early start on the Labor Day weekend Friday while fishing at Ebenezer Park. Dalton said he's been fishing since he was 4 years old.
Dalton Ballard,13, of Rock Hill got an early start on the Labor Day weekend Friday while fishing at Ebenezer Park. Dalton said he's been fishing since he was 4 years old.

Make sure you stay safe this weekend

State troopers will be out in force this weekend to keep highways safe during what is expected to be a busy Labor Day weekend.

The S.C. Highway Patrol announced Friday it will add 50 officers to its normal patrol for the 78-hour holiday weekend that began at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Monday. Overhead and portable message boards warning drivers, "DUI Crackdown in Progress" will be displayed in many areas.

"We will be working closely with local law enforcement partners in an effort to curtail drunken driving and raise awareness of dangerous driving behavior," said trooper Col. Russell Roark.

In addition to the heavy traffic from Labor Day travelers, home football games at University of South Carolina tonight and at Clemson University on Monday night are expected to increase congestion on highways, officials said.

The boosted effort will conclude the 100 Days of Summer initiative, designed to reduce traffic deaths between Memorial Day and Labor Day, one of the most dangerous times for travel every year.

This year, 726 people have died in traffic accidents, compared with 660 at this point in 2006, according to the Highway Patrol.

-- Staff reports

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