Road Fatalities Down Locally

 The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces a preliminary number of five people being killed on South Carolina roadways last weekend, from Friday at 6 p.m. until Sunday at midnight.

  As of September 15, 513 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 582 highway deaths in this same time period in 2012.

Of the 513 people killed so far this year, 9 were bicyclists, 57 were pedestrians, 86 were on motorcycles and 343 were in other motor vehicles. Of these 343 inside vehicles, 194 were not wearing seat belts.

  Locally through midnight Sunday night, 8 people have died on the roadways of Laurens County this year. That’s half the 16 people who were highway fatalities as of September 15th last year. The 8 deaths-to-date for Laurens County are the best in four years. There were 13 this time in 2011 and 9 in 2010.

   Checking our neighbors, Newberry County’s highway fatality rate is down even more dramatically, from 10 in 2012 to only 2 in 2013. Greenwood County’s fatality rate is also down significantly from 2012, dropping from 6 to 3 as of midnight September 15th.  Spartanburg County is down from 32 to 22 fatalities this year. Anderson County is also down dramatically, from 33 fatalities last year to 18 this year.

  Greenville County’s fatalities were up so far for 2013, from 44 to 46. Union County’s rate is up from 1 in 2012 to 2 so far this year. Abbeville County is up dramatically from 3 fatalities this time last year to 7 so far in 2013.

   Saluda County is the same as last year, with 5 fatalities.