COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The headlines are alarming.
On a seemingly daily basis, we report on people dying on South Carolina roadways. As the week began, 962 people had been killed on highways for the year.
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, that’s 15 more than at the same point a year ago.
And it hasn’t stopped. Monday, two people were killed on Interstate 77 in a wrong-way crash. Then on Tuesday, another person died in a single-vehicle crash on I-20.
That same morning, a pedestrian was struck and killed on Augusta Highway. All these deaths happening just days before Christmas. Think about it.
Family gatherings will now have an empty seat for the holiday. In the next couple of days, the roads will be flooded with people heading to their Christmas destinations.
We know there are no sure-fire guarantees to prevent tragedy on the roads, but drivers should all be paying attention to posted speed limits.
Speeding on interstates is a common occurrence and likely a contributing cause to some of these deaths that we have reported.
Drivers need to remember that speed limits are imposed for safe driving reasons. Consider this, a new study by Gas Buddy shows South Carolina as the fifth-worst state for aggressive holiday drivers.
If we all use more caution, follow the rules of the road, the budget for extra travel time, and look out for the other driver, we can certainly make our journeys safer.
Don’t let this special time of year turn into a somber yearly reminder of a loved one who is no longer here.
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