The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) and law enforcement partners statewide, including the Hartsville Police Department (HPD), announce the kickoff of the annual Buckle Up, South Carolina (BUSC) enforcement mobilization. The special enforcement period will run from May 24, 2021 through June 6, 2021.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the official beginning of summer for most travelers and it is also the beginning of the “100 Deadly Days of Summer” where fatalities increase on the roadways. This Buckle Up, South Carolina campaign is geared to help minimize the amount of traffic accidents that happen on the roadways during this season of heavy traffic. One life lost because of failure to buckle up is one too many because it can easily be prevented.

The BUSC campaign runs in coordination with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Click It or Ticket national seat belt enforcement mobilization through June 6, 2021. The annual campaign reminds drivers and passengers of the state’s primary safety belt law (SC Safety belt Law | SCDPS) and to buckle up ahead of summer travel in the weeks before and after Memorial Day.

Hartsville Police officers will be focusing on ensuring that motor vehicle drivers are operating safely this summer, including buckling up. All drivers are encouraged to do their part in this initiative. It is the driver’s responsibility to buckle up and ensure that all passengers in a vehicle are buckled up before you ever pull out of your drive way. This one action could save the life of you or someone that you know.

The BUSC campaign is part of the department’s Target Zero umbrella, which guides all enforcement and education activities at SCDPS, and represents a long-term strategy to reduce and eliminate traffic fatalities in South Carolina.