Traffic deaths down in SC this year

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Traffic deaths are down nearly 17 percent so far this year in South Carolina.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Monday that there have been 802 traffic deaths in the state between Jan. 1 and Nov. 23. That compares with 965 deaths for the same period last year.

There were 949 traffic deaths for the same period in 2006.

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bob Beres says 384 of the victims this year were not wearing seat belts.

The Public Safety Department says 101 people on motorcycles have been killed this year. Eighty-one pedestrians also have been killed. A dozen people on bicycles have died.

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