Traffic Fatalities Up This Year

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety yesterday announced that there were just two traffic fatalities this past weekend, through Sunday midnight. One of the two was the Sunday afternoon motorcycle death in a three-vehicle wreck in Newberry County that we reported on yesterday.

As of Monday. November 12th, South Carolina Public Safety reports we have had 872 people die on state highways here in 2018. That’s up from 866 on the same date in 2017.

Of the 872 highway fatalities for 2018, 601 were occupants of motor vehicles. Just over half, 314, were not wearing seat belts. Through November 12th, we’ve had 127 pedestrians killed on roadways, down from 137 last year on the same date. The Prosperity wreck Sunday made the 92nd motorcycle fatality for this year, still down from 107 on November 12th of 2017. We’ve had 19 bicyclist deaths on roadways this year, up from 17 on November 12th of 2017.

Laurens County’s traffic fatalities are running just ahead of last year, when traffic fatalities had a big increase from 2016. As of this past Sunday night at midnight, the Highway Patrol reported 30 traffic fatalities to date in Laurens County, up from 29 the same date in 2017. However, the 30-fatality count does not include the death of a person on an ATV on a Laurens County roadway this year.

Neighboring Spartanburg County has the highest number of traffic fatalities of all Palmetto State counties for 2018, with 62. Greenville County is 2nd Highest with 58. Anderson County also made the top ten, their 40 highway deaths placing them with the 7th highest count as of November 11th.

Two of our neighboring Counties had the 3rd and 4th lowest fatalities in the state. Union County has 4 fatalities for the year. Abbeville and Bamberg Counties each have 3 traffic deaths for 2018. Barnwell County is 2nd lowest, with 2 traffic fatalities. Hampton and McCormick Counties, each with just 1.