Highway Deaths Up Locally, But Still Below Last Year

 Six people were killed on South Carolina roadways last weekend. The  South Carolina Department of Public Safety notes that brings the death toll for the year to 547 people, as of September 29th. That’s down from the 613 people who were killed on state roadways at the same time last year.

  The 547 deaths included 11 bicyclists, 59 pedestrians, 92 motorcyclists and 363 people in other motorized vehicles. 206 of the 363 were not wearing seat belts.

  Laurens County’s highway fatalities for 2013 have moved up to 9 people. That’s still just half the 18 highway deaths for this time in 2012. There were 13 deaths as of September 29th, 2011 and this year’s 9 Laurens County highway fatalities is the same as this date in 2010.

   Four of our neighboring counties also have improved fatality statistics for this year. Greenwood County has improved from 7 to 4 fatalities, Newberry County is down from 11 to 4, Spartanburg County is down from 35 to 22 and Anderson County is down from 36 fatalities in 2012 to 21 this year.

  Three neighboring counties are doing worse this year than last. Greenville County is up slightly from 47 to 50 as of September 29th. Union County’s fatalities for 2013 are at 3, up from only 1 at this time last year and Abbeville County is up from 3 in 2012 to 7 so far in 2013.

  Saluda County has 5 fatalities so far in 2013, the same number as this time in 2012.