Still in Top Ten Deadliest Counties

Seven people died on South Carolina roadways this past weekend, according to a weekly update from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. The recent fatal wrecks now have two counties with over 60 fatalities for the year, and seven have forty or more highway deaths. Meanwhile, with our local fatality count just below 30, Laurens County remains in the list of top ten deadliest counties in the state for traffic.

As of midnight Sunday, December 3rd, Laurens County’s 29 traffic fatalities have us just ahead of Florence, Beaufort and York, which have from 25 to 28 roadway fatalities.

Charleston County has had the most traffic deaths, with 65. Greenville is 2nd on the list with 63. Horry is 3rd with 59 traffic fatalities.

Spartanburg County had the 4th highest number, with 46. Anderson and Richland each have 42 and Lexington is 7th with 41. Aiken and Berkley county are just ahead of Laurens County with 33 and 30.

Laurens County’s 29 traffic fatalities are almost double the number last year, when we had 15 fatalities as of December 3rd. The previous two years we had 20 in 2015 and 24 in 2014.

Statewide, South Carolina’s highway fatalities remain improved from the previous year. Through Sunday night, the state has had 893 people killed on highways, down from 953 as of December 3rd, 2016.

The 893 deaths include 598 motor vehicle occupants. About half of these, 287 people, were not wearing their seat belts.

This year’s 893 highway deaths include 140 pedestrians, five more than the 135 as of December 3rd in 2016. Motorcycle fatalities are down this year, from 140 in 2016 down to 109 this year. Bicycle roadway fatalities are also down, from 25 last year to 18 this year.