PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Highway Patrol kicked off its “100 Days of Heat” Safe Driving Campaign within the past week and also conducted a state-wide enforcement saturation on Friday. Officials say that more than half of the state’s traffic fatalities occur during summer months and the holiday designations of Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day see the most vehicle accidents. In an effort to make roads safe over the next few months, the patrol’s campaign will work to prevent drunk driving and speeding while encouraging seat belt use.
As part of a saturation patrol last Friday, law enforcers issued 278 citations and 544 warnings for speeding, 11 DUI arrests and 27 drug arrests. 100 seat belt violations were also addressed by troopers. No fatality accidents were reported; and there were three injury and six non-injury accidents. Colonel Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol says motorists should make it a rule to use seatbelts, avoid drinking and driving and follow speed limits. For further information on the 100 Days of Heat campaign, visit www.100daysofheat.com.
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