- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State troopers say they will be out in force on South Carolina roads over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Highway Patrol said in a statement that all of its troopers will be out from Wednesday night until Monday morning looking for drunken drivers, speeders and people not wearing seatbelts.

Authorities are concerned about a spike in fatalities in 2015. So far, 851 motorists have been killed this year, compared to 720 at this time in 2014.

The Highway Patrol will have officers at three rest areas and four welcome centers on Wednesday handing out safety materials. The troopers will be at rest areas in Dillon, Jasper, Kershaw, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg and York counties.

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