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SCDPS Announces Thanksgiving Safety Breaks, Urges Caution During Holiday Travel

Tue, 11/22/2022

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is urging motorists that are planning to travel this Thanksgiving week to slow down and pay attention behind the wheel. In addition to anticipated heavy traffic, you can expect to see an increased presence by South Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers and State Transport Police Officers leading into and throughout the travel period, which begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 and ends at midnight on Sunday, November 27.

“Our troopers and officers will be working with local law enforcement to ensure everyone traveling makes it to the Thanksgiving table this year,” said SCDPS Director, Robert G. Woods IV. “If you are traveling during this busy holiday period, please allow yourself extra time to get to your destination.”

There were 1,445 crashes during the 2021 Thanksgiving holiday period, resulting in 13 deaths on South Carolina roadways.  

“The SC Highway Patrol plans to have additional Troopers on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday period to help with the increase in traffic,” said SC Highway Patrol Colonel Chris Williamson. “Troopers will also focus on those violations that historically lead to deadly collisions including driving under the influence, distracted and aggressive driving, speeding, and failure to buckle up.”

In addition to regular motoring public enforcement, the department will also focus on commercial motor vehicle traffic safety.

“State Transport Police officers will focus their efforts primarily in high-crash corridors, ensuring large trucks are in compliance with state and federal safety standards,” said State Transport Police Colonel Dean Dill. “Additionally, our officers will be working to ensure that commercial vehicle drivers are operating within the speed limit, driving defensively, and wearing seatbelts.”

Motorists can monitor traffic conditions anytime using the Department of Public Safety’s Real-Time Traffic Information page.

SCDPS began airing a paid public service announcement on November 14th that emphasizes the dangers of distracted driving. The 30-second ad will appear on cable and connected televisions, radio and on social media. A :45 second version can also be found on the SCDPS YouTube page. Billboard ads will also be placed throughout the state to accompany the public service announcements.

If you are traveling, stop by one of the SC Highway Patrol’s Welcome Center/Rest Area Events.

Who: S.C. Highway Patrol Community Relations Officers (CRO)

What: Troopers hold Thanksgiving holiday safety breaks where the public and media can speak with troopers, learn about safe travel and the dangers of holiday travel, and view safety demonstrations.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, November 23.

Where: Locations around the state (see table):



Oconee County- Welcome Center, I-85 at the 1 mile marker Northbound  

Master Trooper Mitch Ridgeway 

Newberry County- Rest Area, I-26 at the 65 mile marker Eastbound 

Master Trooper Brandon Bolt 

York County- Welcome Center, I-77 at the 3 mile marker Southbound  

Master Trooper Gary Miller 

Colleton County- Rest Area, I-95 at the 47 mile marker Northbound 

Lance Corporal Nick Pye 

Kershaw County- Rest Area, I-20 at the 90 mile marker Westbound 

Corporal David Jones 

Dillon County- Welcome Center, I-95 at the 195 mile marker Southbound  

Master Trooper Lena Butler 

Orangeburg County- Rest Area, I-26 at the  150 mile marker Eastbound 

Lance Corporal Tyler Tidwell 

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety includes the Highway Patrol, State Transport Police, Bureau of Protective Services, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Our mission is to ensure public safety by protecting and serving the people of South Carolina and its visitors.