COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces a preliminary number of seven persons killed on South Carolina roadways over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The 78-hour travel period began Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. and ran through Monday, May 30, at midnight. There were no weather-related fatalities due to tropical depression Bonnie.
In 2015, eight traffic fatalities were recorded over the same holiday period.
|US routes, SC roads and secondary roads||7|
|Seat belt used||2|
|Seat belt not used||2|
|Seat belt unknown||1|
|Seat belt not applicable||2 (1 Motorcyclist, 1 Pedestrian)|
As of May 30, 2016, 368 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 381 highway deaths during the same time period in 2015.
Of the 249 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2016, 114 were not wearing safety belts.
Through midnight May 30, 45 pedestrians died compared to 45 in 2015; 49 motorcyclists died compared to 51 in 2015; and ten bicyclists died compared to nine in 2015 on state roads and highways.
These numbers are preliminary and are based on fatal collisions compiled by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety as of midnight May 30, 2016.