The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces a preliminary number of nine people being killed on South Carolina highways last weekend, from Friday, December 14, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, December 16, at midnight. They included one fatality inLaurensCountythat occurred shortly before 6 am Saturday.
As of December 16, 799 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 805 highway deaths in this same time period in 2011. Of the 532 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2012, 314 were not wearing seat belts.
Through midnight December 16, 110 pedestrians, 106 motorcyclists and 13 bicyclists have died on state roads and highways.
While the statewide fatality count is down by six people from the same time last year, the Laurens County rate is coming close to doubling this year. Compared to 14 fatalities at this time of the year for the past two years, we now show 23 fatalities for 2012 that were investigated by the Highway patrol.
Of our neighboring counties, five have higher fatalities so far this year, and three have improved statistics.
Newberry County is up from 8 to 12, Saluda is up from 4 to 7, Greenville County is up from 53 to 59, Spartanburg is up from 40 to 47 and Anderson is up from 43 to 45.
Greenwood County is now down for the year from 11 in 2011 to 10 so far in 2012, Abbeville County is down from 4 to 3 and Union County is down from 2 to 1.