SC highway deaths expected to hit historic low

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Highway fatalities in South Carolina are expected to be fewer than 800 this year, the South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary of Transportation H. B. Limehouse Jr. announced Monday.

Fewer than 800 annual highway fatalities have occurred in South Carolina twice in the past 47 years -- 1963 and 1982, according to DOT data.

Preliminary figures through October 2010, there have been 655 reported fatalities on roadways in the Palmetto State.

Limehouse attributes the drop to SCDOT's Fix it First plan and its safety improvements such as adding rumble strips on many of the state's secondary roads.

The partnership between SCDOT and the SC Department of Public Safety in many areas to promote safety as having a positive impact on efforts to reduce fatalities was also cited for helping reduce fatalities.

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