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State Troopers Step Up Patrols For Seatbelt Violators

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South Carolina State Troopers are out patrolling the road this weekend looking for seatbelt violations and driving under the influence. South Carolina State Troopers are out patrolling the road this weekend looking for seatbelt violations and driving under the influence.

Even in the dark of night, there is no escaping the watchful eye of the South Carolina State Troopers.

"We are going to have troopers out specifically targeting people not wearing their seatbelt," Lance Corporal Bill Rhyne with Highway Patrol said.

This is the first time you'll see troopers out at night specifically looking for seatbelt violations. They are using new techniques to help spot if you're breaking the law.

"We have the trooper out of the vehicle so they can clearly see inside," Rhyne said.

No one wants to get a ticket, but it's a necessary reminder because not wearing your seatbelt can be deadly. Just ask John Humphries, his 16-year-old daughter, Victoria, was killed almost one year ago.

"When my daughter was killed she wasn't wearing her seatbelt," Humphries said.

And she's not alone according to SC highway patrol, this year, 106 people chose not to buckle up and were killed in car wrecks.

"Had they all worn them chance is several of them would still be with us now, probably more than a third," Rhyne said.

Humphries tells us it never gets easier.

"I was walking through Walmart and my daughter loved monkeys, and there was a little monkey figure, and I though "Vic" would love that," Humphries said.

A constant reminder of what he lost.

"You can still look through the house here and there's all the reminders and pictures and that never goes away for any of us," Humphries said.

But he hopes sharing Victoria's story and pleading with you to buckle up will spare someone else from feeling his pain.

Troopers will be out all weekend looking for people breaking the law. The goal is ensure there will be no fatal car wrecks Memorial Day weekend.

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