All News Doesn’t Have to Be Bad

“No news is good news,” so the saying goes. In the interest in sharing good news here on WLBG, we note that Laurens County, again this past week, did not have any traffic fatalities reported to the Highway Patrol. As a result, with this week’s update from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Laurens County has dropped out of the Top Ten counties with the highest traffic death count.

The 10 traffic fatalities in Laurens County as of May 13th, 2018 is compared with 17 for the same date in 2017.

Neighboring Spartanburg County this past week dropped from having the most fatalities of any county to 2nd highway. Lexington County has 30, Spartanburg has 28, Charleston and Greenville are tied with the 3rd highest traffic fatality count, at 24 each. Richland County has 5th highest, with 19.

Horry has 16, Anderson 13, Orangeburg County has 12, and Florence and Dorchester Counties both had 11 highway deaths, thru May 13th.

In neighboring counties, we note that both Abbeville and Union Counties have had no traffic fatalities for 2018, as of this past Sunday at midnight.

Across the state, this year’s traffic death count continues to be improved from last year. As of Sunday midnight, the state had 322 deaths, down from 382 on May 13th 2017. This year’s deaths include 234 people in motor vehicles, 48 pedestrians, 31 people on motorcycles and five on bicycles have died on the highways of our state.