Spike in SC Highway Deaths

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is cautioning motorists about the escalating number of highway fatalities in the fourth of 2012.  Numbers had been down from last year until the holiday season, when travel increases.  Since November, 40 people have been killed on state roads and highways causing the yearly figures to even out with last year.  So far, in 2012, 823 people have died in motor-vehicle accidents in South Carolina, which is twice the national average.   The South Carolina Highway Patrol blames drinking, speeding and not wearing seatbelts as the cause for many of these deaths.  Statewide, troopers are cracking down on drinking and driving in preparation for the New Year’s holiday weekend.