SCDPS releases accident stats for holiday weekend

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces a preliminary number of 13 people being killed on state roads and highways during the 78-hour Christmas Holidays which ran from Thursday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. until Sunday, Dec. 26, at midnight.

In 2009, during the Christmas Holidays, six people were killed in traffic collisions during the 78-hour time frame that ran from 6 p.m., December 24 through midnight, Dec. 27.

The 2011 New Year's Day holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 2. In 2009, three people were killed in collisions across the state during the New Year's Day holiday time period.

As of midnight Dec. 27, 768 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 888 highway deaths in this same time period in 2009. Of the 576 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2010, 314 were not wearing seat belts. There have been 44 fatal collisions where the use of seat belts is unknown.

Through midnight on Dec. 27, 73 motorcyclists, 85 pedestrians and 11 bicyclists have died on state roads and highways.