SCDPS: Traffic fatalities fall during holiday weekend

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) The South Carolina Department of Public Safety has seen a preliminary decline in traffic fatalities during the holiday weekend, according to officials.

During the holiday weekend that ran from Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday at midnight, six people were killed along SC roads, including three pedestrians. During the same time frame in 2010, 10 people were killed.

Additionally, four people were killed between Jan. 1 through Jan. 2, compared to eight killed in 2011.

In 2011, 813 people were killed along SC roads, up just three from the year before.

The SCDPS said these numbers are preliminary at this time, because some reports may be received late and some victims of vehicle collisions may not pass until the new year, but would count as a fatality in 2011.

Of the 561 motor vehicle occupants killed in 2011, 271 were not wearing seatbelts. In 2011, the SCDPS said 315 of 598 motor vehicle occupants were not wearing seatbelts.

111 pedestrians, 102 motorcyclists and 13 bicyclists have died on SC roads.

The following shows traffic fatalities in our area during 2011:

  • Darlington County, 15
  • Dillon County, 11
  • Florence County, 20
  • Georgetown County, 5
  • Horry County, 50
  • Marion County, 3
  • Marlboro County, 9

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