MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Traffic fatalities in South Carolina for 2018 have already passed the number from 2017, and this comes days before one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is reporting 962 people have died on state highways from Jan. 1 through Dec. 16, 2018, compared to 947 for same time frame last year.
This time of year is also when drivers are reportedly more aggressive. A new study by Gas Buddy shows that South Carolina is ranked No. 5 for aggressive holiday drivers, just after Louisiana, Texas, California, and the top-ranked Georgia.
"Carolina came in No. 5 out of 51, because we included Washington DC, so that is pretty aggressive,” said Gas Buddy’s Allison Mac.
Gas Buddy gathered this information by compiling data from the app’s drive feature. Experts analyzed driving habits during the Thanksgiving weekend.
"We think Thanksgiving is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to aggressive driving during the holidays because everything tends to be multiplied during December time,” said Mac.
According to AAA, a record breaking 112.5 million travelers will be taking to the roads this holiday, with 4.7 million coming from the Carolinas.
AAA reports 3.2 million will hit the road in North Carolina, while another 1.5 million will travel in South Carolina. That’s a 4.4 percent increase for the Carolinas from last year.