- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - With the summer travel season winding down and with traffic deaths up across the state, South Carolina law enforcement agencies are gearing up their efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road.

The Department of Public Safety says stepped-up enforcement by the Highway Patrol and local law agencies began Thursday and continues through the Labor Day weekend.

The annual campaign is called Sober or Slammer!

In addition to increased enforcement, it includes public service efforts to educate drivers and reduce accidents.

Since Memorial Day, 218 people have died on South Carolina highways. That’s 37 more than during the same period last summer. The 581 people who have died on South Carolina highways so far this year is 105 more than the same period last year.

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