- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) - State and local police are stepping up traffic enforcement in “hot spots” around Chester County citing a rise in fatalities.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports (https://bit.ly/1qCFylC) the S.C. Highway Patrol, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and three local police departments announced on Friday the formation of a multi-agency task force. The respective agencies say the rise in fatalities shows the need for a stronger response.

Officers speaking at a news conference didn’t reveal the areas they would target, but said drivers should expect to see more patrol cars.

In 2011 and 2012, six people died on Chester County roadways. Last year, the toll rose to 11. So far this year, eight Chester drivers, passengers or pedestrians have been killed. Meanwhile, fatalities in York and Lancaster counties are down.

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Information from: The Herald, https://www.heraldonline.com

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