SCDOT predict highway fatalities to decline by year's end

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation is anticipating the number of highway fatalities to drop below 800 through the end of 2010.

Annual highway deaths have been less than 800 only twice in the last 47 years in 1963 and 1987, according to SCDOT data. As of Dec. 20, South Carolina highway deaths were at 755.

Transportation Secretary H.B. Limehouse Jr. urged drivers to be extra cautious on the highways as the peak travel time for the holiday season begins this week. He attributed the decline in fatalities to improved safety of roadways, increased enforcement and the high percentage of drivers and passengers who regularly using seatbelts and child restraint seats.

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