Charleston police announce traffic checkpoints for New Year’s Eve

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department has announced they will be conducting multiple safety checkpoints and enforcement operations on New Year’s Eve.

Police say that the city of Charleston should expect to experience an increase in vehicular traffic and pedestrian activities during the New Year’s celebrations.

“Police Officers are committed to keeping the roads safe for everyone to enjoy the holiday and Arrive Alive.” said Charleston Polie spokesperson Charles Francis in a news release. “Charleston Police have already investigated 3 traffic fatalities during the month of December and we are asking everyone to be responsible and do their part to help save lives.”

Planned checkpoints may occur at the following locations on New Year’s Eve:

  • Septima P. Clark Parkway (Crosstown) from Coming St to Hagood Ave
  • King St from Huger St to Calhoun St
  • Meeting St from Huger St to Calhoun St
  • Morrison Drive
  • East Bay St
  • Calhoun St
  • SC 30
  • Folly Rd
  • US 17 @ Wesley Dr
  • US 17 @ I526 to Carolina Bay Dr

Charleston Police ask that people follow simple tips to travel the roads safely:

  • Utilize a ride share service, taxi, or designate a SOBER driver.
  • Do not allow anyone who is impaired to drive- take their keys or call for help.
  • Call 911 immediately if you suspect there is an impaired driver on the road.
  • Do not drive distracted and do not utilize your cell phone while driving.
  • Wear your seatbelt and utilize safety equipment if operating a motorcycle or bicycle.
  • Follow all posted speed limits, signs and traffic signals.
  • Obey all traffic laws and signals if operating a bicycle or walking to your destination.

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