Thanksgiving weekend traffic fatality rate jumps in 2011

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF)  During the Thanksgiving weekend, seven people were said to have died on SC roadways, according to the SC Department of Public Safety.

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend ran from 6 p.m. Nov. 23 until midnight on Nov. 27. During the same time period in 2010, only three people were killed in traffic collisions.

According to the SCDPS, two people died on SC interstates and five people died along U.S. routes, SC roads and secondary roads. One seatbelt was used, two were not used and two were unknown.

A moped driver and a motorcyclist were also killed during the holiday weekend.

As of Nov. 27, 750 people have been killed along SC roadways, compared to 736 in the same time period in 2010. Of the 510 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2011, 258 were not wearing seatbelts.

Additionally, 99 pedestrians, 97 motorcyclists and 12 bicyclists have died along state roadways compared to 80 pedestrians, 81 motorcyclists and 14 bicyclists in 2010.

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