SCHP: 9 dead in holiday highway travel

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Nine people died on South Carolina highways during the Labor Day weekend, the Highway Patrol announced Tuesday. The number remained unchanged from 2009.

Of those killed during the holiday weekend, four were not wearing seatbelts and one involved a moped.

As of Sept. 6, 523 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 613 highway deaths in the same time period in 2009.

Of the 390 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2010, 220 were not wearing seat belts, the report stated. There have been 23 fatal collisions where the use of seat belts is unknown.

Through midnight Sept. 6, 51 pedestrians, 56 motorcyclists and 10 bicyclists have died on state roads and highways, the agency reported.

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