Lexington, SC (WLTX) -- Midnight officially ends what the state highway patrol calls the "100 Deadliest Days of Summer."With this Labor Day putting more traffic on the roadways, law enforcement is out all over.
"Doing traffic enforcement, we're not trying to be the bad guy, we're just trying to modify your behavior. So we're not making death notifications," Sgt. Brad White said.
White with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department spent his labor day staking out busy roadways to make sure people are safe.
"We're making more arrests than we did last year, the fatality numbers are lower than they were last year," he said.
White works with the traffic division, where one of his main concerns is speeding.
And he's pretty sure he can catch a speeder anywhere.
"We're equipped with radar antennas in the front of the car, in the back of the car. We can sit perpendicular to the road and get you on either side, so most of them are old wives tales," White said. "By the time your radar detector goes off, I've already got your speed."
Although he's looking for those with a lead foot, he's even more concerned with drunk drivers on our roads.
From 2007-2009, there were more than 1,000 DUI crashes.
"As of last Monday, we have 803 DUI arrests in the Lexington county area for all the municipalities in county and Highway Patrol that have come into our jail. And this week it's going to be another 16, 18 higher than that," he said.
Although the department still hasn't hit their target goal of zero fatalities, every arrest makes a difference.
"If each officer gets one drunk off the road, that might save one life," White said.
To stay safe out on the roadways, White suggests wearing your seatbelt at all times.
And if you suspect someone is driving under the influence you can call *HP or 911.