Eight die on SC roads over Fourth of July weekend

akflanagan@thestate.comJuly 7, 2014 

— Eight people were killed on South Carolina roads during the Fourth of July holiday, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Of the eight people who died over the holiday weekend, one was a motorcyclist; three were pedestrians; two were not wearing a seat belt; one was wearing a seat belt; and it’s unknown if a seat belt was used in one case.

According to SCDPS, 366 people have died on South Carolina roads this year compared to 373 last year.

Of the 258 motor vehicle occupants who died in 2014, 126 were not wearing seat belts, according to SCDPS.

This year, 45 pedestrians, 39 motorcyclists and five bicyclists have died on state roads and highways.

SCDPS also reports there were nine traffic deaths the last time July 4 fell on a Friday, which was in 2008.

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