State troopers issued hundreds of tickets to motorists in York County as 2007 ended, officials said.
Troopers wrote 439 tickets in York County from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1, said Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
"It's not about issuing citations," Johnson said. "It's about educating motorists about doing the right thing and driving safe."
Tickets ran the gamut from speeding and seat-belt violations to expired tags and driving with a suspended license, officials said.
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Countywide, officials investigated 23 collisions and arrested 13 motorists for driving under the influence, Johnson said.
"We still don't have people who will comply with having a plan to get home safely," he said. "That could have been 13 fatalities."
The Highway Patrol did not investigate any York County fatalities during that period, officials said.
In nearby Chester and Fairfield counties, authorities issued 259 tickets and investigated 23 collisions. While no fatalities were reported, 11 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence, Johnson said.
Authorities wrote 290 tickets in Lancaster and Chesterfield counties and investigated 25 collisions. Troopers arrested 15 people for driving under the influence. There were no fatalities, officials said.
However, troopers investigated 12 statewide fatalities, including two pedestrians.
"Of the 10 people who had access to seat belts, six were not wearing seat belts," Johnson said. "We've got a lot of work to do in educating people on the importance of wearing seat belts."
In all, troopers doled out 10,908 tickets and investigated 1,012 collisions in South Carolina during the final days of 2007 and New Year's Day. They arrested 262 for driving under the influence, despite warnings to the public that troopers would step up their presence on state roads during the holiday season, Johnson said.
"The numbers show we still have work to do," he said. "There are still driving violations occurring."