Holiday Fatalities in South Carolina

Holidays are frequently the most popular times to travel in the United States. In 2016, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) estimated that 232.7 million people traveled 50 miles or more during major holidays. Of those, nearly 89% (207.1 million) traveled by car.

Busy roads increase the chances of catastrophe, and holidays can make that worse. Indeed, in 2016, the National Safety Council estimated 2,458 traffic fatalities in the U.S. across six distinct holiday periods: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

We teamed up with visual content agency 1Point21 Interactive to help us visualize the amount of traffic fatalities on major holidays in South Carolina from 2006-2015. In total, there were 517 fatal collisions and 558 people reported killed.

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Precautions for Holiday Driving

Taking the proper precautions before embarking on a holiday road trip can ensure that you have a safe time.

  • Follow the speed limit. Speeding was the single highest cause of deaths and injuries on the road, accounting for 216 fatalities in 2015. That's roughly 22% of all road fatalities in South Carolina for that year.
  • Don't drink and drive, under any circumstances. Driving under the influence was the second highest cause of deaths and injuries in SC in 2015, causing 20% of fatalities.
  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times. Distracted driving is an ever-increasing problem, whether it's phone use, texting, or any other distractions. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, 2015 had a record 64 deaths, and 2016 had a record 5,698 collisions.