There was a significant spike in the number of deaths on South Carolina's highways at the close of 2012. This sudden increase in fatalities on the highways of South Carolina has raised concerns with the Highway Patrol.
Up until November, the Highway Patrol says the year's totals were running behind last year's figures. However, after that an additional 40 people killed on the state's roads.
In the year 2012 alone, there were 823 people killed in wrecks statewide. Troopers say that the number of people killed is doubled the national average.
South Carolina State Trooper Kelley Hughes says the three main factors to blame for these deaths are speeding, drinking, and not wearing seatbelts.
Troopers are cracking down on drinking and driving and other unsafe driving practices.