October 11
SCDOT Releases Results Of “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day”

Contact: Terecia Wilson, SCDOT Safety Director (803) 429-7402


            The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) reports one fatality occurred on South Carolina roads during “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day,” a nationwide program to unite the country in achieving one full day of zero traffic deaths. It was held Wednesday, Oct. 10.

            “In South Carolina, Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day was slightly better than our average of three traffic fatalities each day,” said Terecia Wilson, Safety Director at SCDOT. “However, we believe one traffic death is one too many, and we must all work together to lessen the tragedies that impact families in our state every day.”

            “We would like to thank our partners and the media for spreading the critical message of highway safety to the citizens of South Carolina,” Wilson said. “Working together, each of us can make our highways safer by obeying the speed limits, driving defensively, slowing down in bad weather and construction zones and not drinking and driving.”

            SCDOT and its partners, the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), along with a coalition of national safety organizations, federal, state and local governments and private companies, encourage safer behavior and actions by promoting safer roadways. SCDOT and its partners also encourage every driver and their passengers to use their seatbelts.

             SCDOT and its partners released South Carolina’s first Strategic Highway Safety Plan called “The Roadmap to Safety.” The document contains a comprehensive set of transportation safety strategies, focusing on five emphasis areas.

             For more information on The Roadmap to Safety and “Put the Brakes on Fatality Day,” go to