COLUMBIA – Thirteen people were killed on South Carolina roadways during the 78-hour Labor Day travel period, which started on Friday Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. and concluded on Monday, Sept. 2, at 11:59 p.m., according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
Eleven of the deaths occurred during the weekend period from Friday until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. In 2018, there were 12 deaths during the 78-hour Labor Day travel period, which occurred from Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. through Sept. 3 at 11:59 p.m.
One death occurred on an interstate highway, while 12 were on U.S. routes, S.C. roads or secondary roads.
Four of the motor vehicle occupants killed were wearing seat belts; three were not.
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As of Sept. 2, 638 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 693 highway deaths during the same time period in 2018.
Of the 638 people killed in 2019, 414 had access to seat belts and 204 were not wearing seat belts.
Through Sept. 2, 103 pedestrians have died compared to 106 in 2018; 78 motorcyclists have died compared to 77 in 2018; and 21 bicyclists have died compared to 14 in 2018 on state roads and highways.
Orangeburg County has had 26 fatalities compared to 30 a year ago. Calhoun County has had two, compared to six in 2018. Bamberg County has had one fatality, the same as a year ago.