Even with Holiday Traffic Death, Big Improvement Locally

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety yesterday announced that ten persons were killed across the state during the Independence Holiday.

As of July 7, 472 people have died on South Carolina highways for the year, down from 520 highway deaths during the same time period in 2018.

Of the 472 people killed this year, 312 had access to seatbelts, and 153 were not wearing seat belts.

Through July 7, 82 pedestrians have died compared to 77 in 2018; 47 motorcyclists have died compared to 57 in 2018; and 15 bicyclists have died compared to nine in 2018 on state roads and highways.

One of the highway fatalities over the holiday weekend occurred at 2:00 Friday morning here in Laurens County. That brings our traffic fatalities on the record to Eight. At this point in 2016, we had 7, but it’s still a big improvement from the past two years, when we had 19 and 20 fatalities as of July 7th.