SCDPS: 13 killed on SC roads during Labor Day weekend

SCDPS: 13 killed on SC roads during Labor Day weekend

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says 13 people died on state roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to a preliminary report.

The report tracks the 78-hour travel period between 6 p.m. on Friday until midnight on Monday.

Thirteen people died during the same time in 2013, DPS officials say.

But as of Sept. 1, 485 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 499 deaths during the same time period a year ago.

Of the total deaths this year, Charleston County recorded 26, Berkeley County recorded 22 and Dorchester County recorded 6. Eleven deaths have occurred in Colleton County and 13 have occurred in Beaufort County. Seven of the deaths happened in Williamsburg County and Georgetown County recorded three deaths.

Greenville County recorded the most deaths so far this year, with a total of 43. No deaths have been recorded for the year in Allendale.

Officials say 171 of the 341 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2014 were not wearing seatbelts, a fraction of a percentage point above the halfway mark.

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