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Traffic deaths and drunk driving:  Those are two areas where Aiken County does not want to be a state leader.

"We definitely don't want to be known for traffic fatalities," says North Augusta Public Safety Sgt. Aaron Fittery.  "We're four over this time last year, and we don't want that.  We want people to make it home safely to their families."

That's right, during what troopers call "the deadly days of summer" Aiken County's numbers are up; but, South Carolina's number of fatalities is down to 164, compared to 217 this time last year.  Officers say they want to keep it that way.

"Our goal is target zero," says lance Corporal Judd Jones, of South Carolina Highway Patrol.

That's why SCHP is working with counties like Aiken, doing license checks and DUI checkpoints.  But, they say they can't be everywhere; that's why they need you.

"They have more eyes than we have," Jones says of drivers.  "If you see someone driving aggressively, in or out of lanes, or very slow, call star HP."

Don't want someone to make that call about you and your driving? Officers say it's common sense and completely in your control.

"If you have to ask yourself, 'Have I had too much to drink,' you've probably had too much to drink," Jones says.

To report a suspected drunk driver in South Carolina, just dial *HP.

The push with increased patrols continues through Labor Day weekend, but any day of the year, troopers say their advice stays the same:  Don't drink, or call a designated driver.

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