- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - State public safety officials are urging people to stay safe while traveling during this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says it expects more vehicles on roads over the next few days because of the holiday and the fact that some consider this weekend the official start of the summer.

South Dakota Highway Patrol superintendent Col. Craig Price says drivers should slow down, watch for others and wear their seatbelts.

Officials say four motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2015. The four individuals who died were not wearing seatbelts.

State Office of Highway Safety director Lee Axdahl says seatbelts have many years of proven success in reducing death and injuries in crashes and it just takes a few seconds to put one on.

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