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Recent spike in South Carolina traffic fatalities

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There has been a dramatic increase in the number of traffic fatalities in November and December, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Lance Corporal Brent Kelly said so far this year; there have been 827 traffic related deaths.

At the beginning of November, there were 45 fewer highway deaths in South Carolina than there were in 2011. But over the past two months, 46 people have died on the road.

"For some reason from November until now there has been an increase in the fatalities," said Kelly.

Kelly told Fox54 there are three laws that are commonly broken, "As far as our fatalities in South Carolina its speeding, seat belt compliance and drinking and driving."

With New Year's Eve a few days away; troopers are preparing to crack down on speeding, drunk driving and unbuckled seat belts.

"We're going to be out in large numbers this weekend partnering up with local law enforcement agencies, going to be setting up checkpoints across the state."

Kelly warned there will be consequences for drivers who break the rules of the road.

"You will go to jail if you get caught drinking and driving. Out of the fatalities in South Carolina 60% of them weren't buckled up," Kelly, said.

If you see dangerous driving, troopers encourage you to pick up the phone and give call them at *47 or star *HP with a description of the vehicle.


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