Three people died on South Carolina highways over the Christmas Holidays. Bad news – but not nearly as bad as last year. The state Department of Public Safety announced the three fatalities as the preliminary count for fatalities during the Christmas holidays – a 78-hour time frame that ran from Friday, December 23, at6 p.m.until Monday, December 26, at midnight. That compares to 13 state-wide highway deaths over the Christmas holidays in 2010.
Looking at fatalities for January 1st through December 25th, Laurens County had 14 fatalities for this year. That’s the same number as for the same period in 2010 and 2008. 20 people died on the county roadways January 1st thru Christmas day in 2009.
Greenwood County had 11 fatalities for January 1st thru December 25th, 2011 …. Better than Laurens County, but well above the 5 fatalities for the same period last year. Greenville county fatalities for the same period this year were up slightly, from 50 last year to 53 this year. Newberry County was up from 6 fatalities last year to 10 this year thru Christmas. Saluda County was up from 3 to 4 fatalities for this time period. Anderson County was up from 37 in 2010 to 43 this year.
Two of our neighboring counties improved their year-to-date fatalities as of Christmas day. Abbeville County dropped from 5 to 4 and Union County dropped from 5 fatalities in 2010 to just 2 this year.