Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement this year.

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Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) – Thousands will be hitting the state's roads and highways this weekend, and law enforcement will be working to keep them safe.

AAA Carolinas predicts nearly half a million South Carolinians will be among those traveling.

Myrtle Beach is usually a large draw every July 4th weekend, but with Hurricane Arthur dampening the start of this holiday, some are choosing to go elsewhere.

"I saw like four wrecks coming out between Myrtle Beach and Conway already," said Mark Blanton, a weekend traveler who was stopping for gas in Camden. Blanton said he was heading for Lake Wateree, and said he left Myrtle Beach as Arthur made landfall.

"The wind wasn't bad at all, but it was raining pretty heavily. The roads were full of water and getting worse by the minute when I left," he said.

Nicole Tan, another traveler, and her family stopped at a rest area on I-20 near Elgin Thursday afternoon on their way to Myrtle Beach from Atlanta.

Tan said they were stopping because of the projected forecast.

"This morning, we tried to cancel our trip because we heard there's a hurricane there," Tan said. "We know it's raining there, so we're not in a big hurry to get to the beach since it's raining, so we'll just take our time to rest."

"Hopefully the weather will get better. I hope we can still see the fireworks," Tan said.

Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement this year.

AAA Carolinas says South Carolina's gas prices are among the lowest in the nation.

The state highway patrol says 10 people were killed traveling during the July 4th weekend last year.

They remind everyone to buckle up and not drink and drive.

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