SCDPS announces vehicle fatality numbers for Labor Day weekend

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces preliminary fatality numbers as a result of accidents on SC highways through Labor Day weekend Tuesday.

As of Sept. 6 at midnight, nine people were killed on SC highways during the Labor Day weekend, which ran from Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. to Sept 6 at midnight.

Nine people were killed on US routes, SC roads and secondary roads. There were no reported deaths on interstates. Of the fatalities, three were wearing seat belts, four were not wearing seat belts, one was unknown as to whether or not a seat belt was used and one seat belt was not applicable, because it involved a moped.

That number is the same from the year before. In 2009, nine people were killed during the Labor Day weekend.

As of Sept. 6, 523 people have died on SC highways, compared to 613 highway deaths during the same period in 2009.

Of those killed in 2010, 220 were not wearing seat belts. There have been 23 fatal collisions where the use of seat belts is unknown.

The following are fatality numbers in areas around the Grand Strand and Pee Dee during the year of 2010:

  • Horry County  - 28
  • Florence County – 20
  • Chesterfield County - 10
  • Darlington County – 8
  • Dillon County – 11
  • Georgetown County – 4
  • Marion County – 10
  • Williamsburg County - 5

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