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STATE HOUSE: 5 people killed on S.C. roads during Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Five people died on S.C. roads during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

The holiday weekend included Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 1, at midnight.

The number of deaths was down from 2012, when eight 10 people died during the holiday weekend.

In June, state lawmakers voted to give the state Highway Patrol an additional $1.3 million to hire 40 new state troopers. The agency asked for the increase because the number of S.C. drivers is increasing while the number of state troopers is decreasing. AAA of the Carolinas estimated 567,000 South Carolinians drove during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 11,600 from last year. But the Highway Patrol had 768 troopers, as of Memorial Day, compared to 967 in 2008.

The Department of Public Safety, which includes the Highway Patrol, said 690 people have died on S.C. roads this year, compared to 787 during the same time period in 2012.

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