Enquirer Herald

473 tickets issued in York Co. New Year's weekend

The combined efforts of the S.C. Highway Patrol and local agencies helped keep state roads safer during the New Year's holiday weekend.

Locally, the two pedestrian fatalities near Clover marred what was otherwise a safe holiday weekend on York County roads.

"Any weekend, especially a holiday weekend, where there is a fatality involved is tragic," said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder of the Highway Patrol. "We're hoping for a fatality-free holiday weekend any time we have one."

Two pedestrians died after being struck Monday evening by a vehicle on U.S. 321 near Clover, officials said.

They were walking along the road, also known as Filbert Highway, at Jim McCarter Road around 6:30 p.m. when they were hit by a Chevy driven by a 27-year-old Gastonia, N.C., man, Elder said.

Marsha Rose, 35, of York died at the scene, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast. Her husband, Jerry Rose, 36, also of York, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he died about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The driver of the Chevy was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, Elder said.

The state Highway Patrol marks the 78-hour New Year's holiday period from 6 p.m. Dec. 30 through midnight Jan. 2.

According to the S.C. Department of Public Safety this week, six people were killed on state roads during this year's holiday period. In 2011, during the New Year's holiday period 10 people died.

In York County, 473 various tickets were written. Nine of those were for driving under the influence while 147 were for seatbelt violations. Officers issued 423 warnings, Elder said, and 26 collisions were investigated.

In Lancaster County, 178 tickets were issued as well as 235 warnings, with 63 of those tickets for seatbelt violations and 10 for DUI. Troopers investigated 10 collisions.

In Chester County, 94 tickets were issued with four for DUI, 126 warnings and eight crashes were investigated.

Statewide, the Highway Patrol investigated 21 collisions, issued 339 tickets and made 15 drunken driving arrests during the holiday weekend.

However, statewide, road fatalities continue to rise each year. As of Dec. 31, 2011, 813 people have died on state highways compared with 810 in 2010.

"Everyone did a super job on enforcement," Elder said, adding that efforts make for outstanding partnerships.