Memorial Day highway deaths increase in SC in 2013

Memorial Day highway deaths increase in SC in 2013.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- The number of fatalities on South Carolina roads this Memorial Day holiday weekend jumped significantly, in part because of an increase in motorcycle deaths.

The Highway Patrol reports 12 people died on the state's roads from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday, compared to eight during that same period in each of the past two years.

Six of the 2013 deaths were on motorcycles. Five of those deaths were in Horry County, where the Atlantic Beach Bikefest took place.

â??A lot of the lives that we've lost just in 2013 probably could have survived if they would have just took the time to buckle their seat belt,â?? said Lance Corporal Brent Kelly. â??Seat belts are not going to save everyone's life in a collision we know that but if you take the time to buckle up your increasing your chances of survival.â??

So far this year, 259 people have died on South Carolina roads, well below the 348 highway deaths reported to the same point in 2012.

Richland County reports the most deaths in 2013 with 25. Edgefield and Fairfield are the only counties not to report deaths so far this year.