Troopers want drivers to slow down for Code Blue on 72

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ABBEVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – One busy Upstate highway will soon be lined with blue lights. Highway patrol says they’re cracking down on speeders on Highway 72.

Highway 72 stretches from Georgia to North Carolina and runs through Abbeville, Greenwood,  Laurens, and Union counties.

Highway patrol is putting more blue lights on the roadway in an initiative called Code Blue on 72. They want to catch speeders and ultimately try to save more lives June 21st through the 23rd.

“One persons bad decision can affect many people,” said L Cpl. Tony Keller, Troop 2. “If we can get one person to change their bad habits, then hopefully they can change another and ultimately it becomes a big, we change it all and we go to target zero. That is the goal.”

In 2015 more than 940 people died on South Carolina roads all together.  2016 is already on the same track.

“We are at 413 and at this time last year we were at 414. We are down one, but it would be so great to be down 413,” L Cpl. Keller added.

Their main focus will be catching people violating speed limits, but they will also be looking for drivers who aren’t wearing seat belts or are driving distracted.

They’re warning now for you to slow down and pay attention or you’ll be seeing blue lights in your rear view mirror.

“Really you are getting the enforcement just by those lights being out there,” said L CPL Keller.

The Code Blue on 72 initiative is a part of South Carolina’s Target Zero and 100 deadliest days of summer campaigns. Local sheriff’s offices and police departments will also be providing extra patrols.

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