LEXINGTON, SC (WCSC) - The state's Department of Public Safety will remember the 988 people who died on South Carolina's roadways in 2017.
The annual service takes place Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Lexington Baptist Church in Lexington County.
"When law enforcement and first responders gather at this ceremony each year, we see the reality and enormity of losing a loved one in a motor vehicle collision," said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. "The pain we see on the faces of grieving families is an important reminder to us of our duty and mission to keep striving for Target Zero highway deaths."
Senior Pastor Dr. Mike Turner, of Lexington Baptist Church, will deliver the "Message of Hope."
Smith and Lexington Police Department Chief Terrence Green will also offer words of comfort and condolence to the families. The National Anthem will be performed by the Northside Christian Academy Chorus.
Organizers expect hundreds of family members and friends of victims from South Carolina and other states to attend.
The SCDPS Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs (OHSJP) coordinates the service, which includes participation from SCDPS law enforcement divisions and public safety agencies from across the state.
The memorial service has been held annually since 1988 to remember residents and visitors who lost their lives on South Carolina's highways; to bring together families and friends of the deceased; and to educate the public in an effort to prevent future loss of life on the state's roads.