The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces a preliminary number of three people being killed on South Carolina roadways last weekend (from Friday, July 19, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, July 21, at midnight). As we reported yesterday, one of the three fatalities occurred here in Laurens County. As of midnight Sunday, July 21, 380 people have died on South Carolina highways so far this year, compared to 476 highway deaths in this same time period in 2012. 263 of the 380 were occupants of motor vehicles, 60 were motorcyclists, 40 were pedestrians and 7 were bicyclists.
Laurens County’s year-to-date fatalities were well behind last year earlier in the year; but the improvement gap is closing. with this past Saturday afternoon’s motorcycle fatality in the Waterloo area, Laurens County has 6 highway fatalities so far in 2013, compared with 14 at this time last year. Five other neighboring counties also have lower highway fatality rates this year: Newberry County is down from 6 to 1 … Anderson County is down from 25 to 14 … Greenwood down from 5 to 2 … Spartanburg down from 28 to 18 … Greenville down from 33 to 30. Abbeville and Union Counties are even with this time last year, Abbeville has 3 fatalities and Union has 1, both the same numbers as this time last year. One County – Saluda – has higher highway fatalities this year, up from 3 at this time in 2012 to 4 in 2013.