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Cheaper gas prices could be behind the increase in fatal wrecks

FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - Cheaper gas prices could have a direct link to a rise in fatal crashes, according to a new report from the National Safety Council.

The Cruizer’s on West Palmetto Street said those cheaper prices have certainly been helping business. One clerk said about 1,000 to 1,200 customers are fueling up daily.

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season combined with those cheaper gas prices are pulling people out onto the roads.

While that may be leaving more money in your wallet, the National Safety Council said those lower prices could be fueling a negative trend: more fatal wrecks.

“Everyone has the expectation of leaving their residence, going to their family’s house and coming back home, but if you make the wrong decision, you won’t make it back home,” said Bob Beres, with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Beres added that safe driving is a must at all times of the year.

"I want every…especially every young person to drive like they did when they took their driving test," Beres said. "I mean they made it without any accidents or tickets. They made it back to the DMV and that's how they should leave their house and travel along this holiday and get back home."

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