PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is encouraging motorists to be cautious as they travel South Dakota highways over Memorial Day weekend.
Daugaard says the Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the start of the summer travel season in South Dakota, and traffic is likely to be heavier than usual.
One person died and 42 others were injured in 137 highway crashes during the Memorial Day weekend last year. Statistics from the State Office of Accident Records show that 10 percent of the crashes were alcohol-related.
Daugaard is asking motorists to follow speed limits, avoid distractions, make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt and have a sober driver at the wheel.