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      SC troopers begin increased enforcement Wednesday

      South Carolina officials are reminding motorists that troopers and officers will be increasing traffic enforcement during the long Independence Day weekend.

      "Looking for those people who are driving recklessly, driving under the influence, that's going to be a big thing because with all the extra traffic, it only takes one driver not paying attention or doing something improper to cause a problem on the roadways very quickly," Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

      The state Department of Public Safety says the holiday travel period begins Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday night.

      Troopers say their increased enforcement efforts are aiming to prevent collisions, especially caused by drunk and aggressive driving.

      "Everybody's out of school, families are on vacation, a lot of businesses are closed this week, so we do see this as one of the busiest travel times, especially for our coastal region," Collins said.

      Public Safety Director Leroy Smith says the good news going into the long holiday weekend is that South Carolina has nearly 75 fewer fatalities than last year at this time.

      Collins added that if you see any problems on the roads do not hesitate to dial *HP on your phone, which will connect you directly to Highway Patrol.

      AAA expects more than 470,000 South Carolinians will be on the road this holiday weekend.