The South Carolina Department of Public Safety has released the numbers for fatalities on state highways. In the report released Monday, officials say they have seen an increase of 10 fatalities in 2011 when compared to the same time period in 2010. Officials also saw 5 of the recent deaths occur within a 3 day span in August.
According to Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins, a number of the issues contributing to the increase include speeding, drunk driving, using cell phones while driving, drivers not wearing seat belts, and pedestrians walking in the roadway. Collins says that 63 pedestrians have died on state highways in 2011 which is a marked increase from 2010. One of the biggest reasons is that drivers can't see the pedestrians at night until almost the last minute and its almost unavoidable.
Collins, and the SCDPS hope that residents and visitors will avoid dangerous behaviors during the last week of '100 Deadly Days of Summer".
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