End of 2012 sees spike in South Carolina highway deaths

End of 2012 sees spike in South Carolina highway deaths

End of 2012 sees spike in South Carolina highway deaths

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 7:45 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The number of people killed on South Carolina's highways has spiked at the end of 2012. 

The Highway Patrol says the year's totals were running behind last year's figures until November. Since then, there have been 40 people killed on the state's roads, and the total deaths for 2012 is about even with 2011. 

So far this year, 823 people have been killed in wrecks statewide, and troopers say that figure is about twice the national average. 

Trooper Kelley Hughes says drinking, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt are to blame for many of the deaths. 

Troopers are cracking down on drinking and driving over the upcoming New Year's weekend.
 

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