- the state had 439 traffic deaths for mid year 2009;
- a decline from 492 during in the same period in 2008; and
- an even stronger decline from the 553 in the first half of 2007.
However, there were 11 traffic related deaths in the state of South Carolina during the Fourth of July Holiday weekend. As far as Upstate South Carolina is concerned, those traffic deaths have included:
South Carolina Highway Patrol considered these declines in traffic fatalities to be in strong part due to seat belt use and sobriety enforcement being at an all-time high in the state.
I encourage everyone to wear your seat belts and don’t drink and drive! Let’s keep these numbers dropping every year.
“If you have one, if it is your family member, that is one way too many. We don’t wait to look at numbers. We get involved.”