8 Traffic Deaths Reported In SC During Labor Day Weekend - September 3, 2013
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports eight people died on the state's roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The department's preliminary number counts fatalities from Friday, August 30, at 6:00 p.m. until Monday, September 2, at midnight.
As of September 2, 472 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 552 highway deaths in this same time period in 2012.
Of the 312 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2013, 184 were not wearing seat belts.
Through midnight Monday, 54 pedestrians, 80 motorcyclists and eight bicyclists have died on state roads and highways.
SC Labor Day Blitz Campaign Targets DUI - September 2, 2013
The 100 deadly days of summer are over but Troopers will continue to show public service announcements to make it clear drunk driving will not be tolerated.
The goal to be more visible so you won't forget that troopers are watching.
Steve Sindelar knows exactly how drunk driving can destroy a family.
"My brother was involved in a horrific accident and it left him brain damaged the rest of his life so it does hit me personally pretty hard," Sindelar said.
And Sindelar is not alone. Which is why highway patrol has made dozens of public service announcements to let you know if you're drunk driving you will be caught.
The ads run during high profile football games and prime time tv.
"It just makes people aware," Sindelar said.
So far troopers say ads and checkpoints during the sober or slammer, Labor Day blitz campaign are working.
Troopers tell us Labor Day weekend in 2010 10 people were killed in wrecks.
That was down to just 2 fatal wrecks in 2012.
"You hear it on the news all the time people don't take it too seriously until it happens to them," Sindelar.
Sindelar wants people to learn from his brothers mistake.
"It's something nobody wants to go through it effects the whole family I wouldn't wish it on anybody," Sindelar said.
Sindelar says it only takes a second for your whole world to change.
Highway Patrol says you should also call 911 and report any drivers that are serving or driving erratically because that phone call could save someone's life.
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