Law enforcement officials in South Carolina are preparing for the ‘100 Deadly Days of Summer,’ the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which traditionally sees an increase in the number of people killed on roadways across the state.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) has stepped up its efforts to encourage motorists and passengers to practice road safety.
“The ‘100 Deadly Days of Summer’ kicks off Memorial Day weekend, and it’s historically when we see an increase in the number of people killed on our roadways,” said SCDPS Director Robert G. Woods, IV.
“SCDPS troopers and officers are urging motorists to buckle up and ensure every passenger is buckled up – whether driving close to home or taking a long summer road trip.”
His comments come as ‘Buckle Up, South Carolina’ – a high visibility statewide safety belt enforcement, public information, and education campaign by the SCPDS and law enforcement officials – continues to run until June 5. That campaign takes place in coordination with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) ‘Click It or Ticket’ national seat belt enforcement mobilization.
While it’s common knowledge that those who don’t wear a seat belt are at a much higher risk of being seriously injured or killed in a car accident, many motorists and passengers still refuse to buckle up.
“So far this year, 126 of the 238 people who have died in motor vehicle collisions (with access to seat belts) were not buckled up,” said SCHP Col. Chris Williamson.
“The single most important action motorists can take is wearing their safety belts and properly restraining child passengers. Even in catastrophic crashes, this one action can mean the difference between surviving that crash and preventing serious injury or the loss of life,” he continued.
The ‘100 Deadly Days of Summer’ serve as a harsh reminder that serious accidents happen far too often in the Palmetto State. Victims of these accidents are often left with mounting medical bills, life-threatening injuries, steep rehabilitation costs, permanent disabilities, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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