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Blue light blitz

Posted: July 23, 2013 9:18 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2013 5:00 a.m.

We’re glad to see law enforcement officers, especially state troopers, blanketing Kershaw County roadways this week in an effort to help stem a disturbing trend in traffic-related deaths this year. From today through Saturday, troopers will saturate the area, and they will be assisted by cooperating officers from the Camden Police Department, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and Elgin Police Department.

Though the year is only slightly half over, the county has experienced 11 traffic deaths, only one fewer than all of 2012. And more than two-thirds of those have been alcohol-related. Increased presence of officers on the road -- that can spell fear among drinking drivers, which is a good thing -- could help head that off. For those who have had too much to drink, a blue light in their rear-view mirror can be a frightening thing, and a blitz such as this can make that apprehension become more permanent.

The blitz should be effective even if only a few drivers are apprehended for inappropriate conduct, for it will help create an awareness that people who break the law on the highways -- and thus endanger others -- are always at risk of being caught.

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