COLUMBIA (WTOC) – Thirteen people being killed on state roads and highways during the 78-hour Christmas holidays which ran from Thursday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. until midnight Sunday, Dec. 26, according to preliminary data from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
In 2009, during the Christmas Holidays, six people were killed in traffic collisions during the 78-hour time frame that ran from 6 p.m., Dec. 24 through midnight, Dec. 27.
The 2011 New Year's Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, January.g the New Year's Day holiday time period.
As of midnight Dec. 27, 2010, 768 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 888 highway deaths in this same time period last year. Of the 576 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2010, 314 were not wearing seat belts, data show.
Up to midnight Dec. 27, 73 motorcyclists, 85 pedestrians and 11 bicyclists have died on state roads and highways.