The Department of Public Safety announces a preliminary number of four people killed on South Carolina roads over the Fourth of July weekend. The fatalities were counted between Friday night and midnight Monday and included one motorist not wearing a seat belt, two motorcyclists and one pedestrian. And even though the number of fatalities has fluctuated considerably, that figure is definitely among the lowest on record for the holiday period.
In 2009, 12 people died on South Carolina roads during the July holiday period. But that doesn’t even compare to the years of 2005 and 2006, when 17 road deaths were recorded for each year, or 2002 when 22 people died.
As of July 5, 382 people had died on South Carolina highways, compared to 449 last year at this time. Of the 287 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2010, 160 were not wearing seat belts.