Public Safety: 13 people killed on highways during Labor Day weekend

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- Thirteen people were killed on the state's highways during the holiday weekend.

That's according to the state's Department of Safety.

Officials said there were 13 fatalities during the 2013 Labor Day weekend as well.

However, information collected over this summer and last show that during the so-called 100 deadliest days of summer, highway deaths dropped 13 percent. The 100 days defines the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when many people are traveling for summer vacations.

This summer, public safety officials say there were 191 traffic deaths in that time period compared to 219 last year.

As of September 1, 485 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 499 highway deaths during the same time period in 2013.

Of the 341 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2014, 171 were not wearing seat belts, officials said.