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Driving death increase in Tri-County, down statewide

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Labor Day is the end of South Carolina's 100 Deadly Days of Summer.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the state sees an increase in motor vehicle deaths and this year, there were 172. That's down 16 percent from last year.

The Highway Patrol says while statewide numbers are improving, the Tri-County saw an increase in deaths, with Berkeley County jumping from six driving deaths to 13.

"As far as the state goes we're doing well,” Hannah Wimberly, a spokesperson for the South Carolina Highway Patrol said. “In Berkeley County, we have been doing a lot of enforcement to get these fatalities down but people continue to drive intoxicated so these numbers have increased."

Wimberly says most of the deaths didn't occur on busy interstates but on back roads and highways. She says most of them also involved alcohol.

AAA Carolinas says its expecting this Labor Day to be the busiest in six years due to a decrease in gas prices.

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