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Troopers make 15 DUI arrests during weekend checkpoints

Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol made 68 cases during the weekend when they increased patrols in an effort to reduce crashes and fatalities related to driving under the influence violations, according to Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins.

Troopers, along with other law enforcement officers, conducted public safety checkpoints in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties during the weekend.

From those checkpoints officers arrested 15 people, found 15 driver’s license violations and issued five citations for open containers and eight drug citations, according to Collins.

“The message that we are sending to the public is that special enforcement doesn’t necessarily revolve around holidays like New Year’s or July 4,” Capt. Joe Nell, commander of the highway patrol troop five, which includes Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties. “If we see a problem in an area, we are going to apply the most appropriate enforcement measures in an effort to save lives. That enforcement could take place any time of the day or night or in any place.”