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TO DESIGNATE THE FOURTH SATURDAY IN APRIL AS CITIZENS REMEMBRANCE DAY, TO BE OBSERVED ANNUALLY IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF VICTIMS OF FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES.
Whereas, the mileage death rate on South Carolina highways exceeds the national average by forty-seven percent, with more than two people killed for every one hundred million miles of travel; and
Whereas, the population of South Carolina represents 1.4 percent of the United States' population, yet South Carolina traffic fatalities represent 2.4 percent of all American traffic fatalities; and
Whereas, one traffic fatality is reported on South Carolina's highways approximately every eight hours and twenty minutes, with one thousand forty-four traffic fatalities reported in the Palmetto State during 2006; and
Whereas, during the past ten years, 10,468 people have died in traffic crashes on South Carolina highways; and
Whereas, the economic cost of traffic fatalities exceeds two billion dollars per year, in addition to the intangible costs of grief and suffering borne by the families involved; and
Whereas, it is important to memorialize the victims of highway tragedies and to acknowledge and support the grief of their loved ones; and
Whereas, this day of remembrance focuses public attention on the need to drive safely, courteously, and defensively to prevent similar future tragedies. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, designate the fourth Saturday in April as Citizens Remembrance Day, to be observed annually in honor and memory of victims of fatal motor vehicle crashes.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
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