LEXINGTON, SC (WACH)--While many people are planning to go out this weekend, local and state law enforcement remembered those who could not return home.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety and State Highway Patrol held their 25th annual Memorial Service for highway fatality victims Saturday. Hundreds of family members and friends from across the Palmetto State came together to remember 863 loved ones killed on roadways.
The event is another way law enforcement is trying to educate people on how to be safe and responsible behind the wheel; while making people aware of the deadly consequences.
"It lets these families know we are there for them, we care about them, and we are here to honor their loved ones," Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said. "When one life is lost, thousands of people are affected. It is the community doing their part by buckling up, slowing down, and not drinking and driving."
The service has been held every year since 1988. The Highway Patrol hopes more awareness by using radio and television public service announcements and billboards will decrease deaths.