It was one week ago tonight Laurens County had its most recent murder, with the fatal shooting of an Enoree area resident on Halloween evening. And we’ve had multiple deaths from suicide in the past few weeks. But at least on one front deaths are down – that’s in Highway fatalities.
We’ve registered 9 people killed on Laurens County roads through this past Sunday night, half the number killed at the same date last year.
Statewide deaths are also down as of November 3rd, with 632 people as fatalities on South Carolina highways, compared to 710 highway deaths during the same time period in 2012. Of the 632 fatalities to date, 415 were occupants of motor vehicles. Of those, 231 were not wearing seat belts.
Through midnight November 3, in addition to the 415 motor vehicle occupants killed on state highways this year, there were also 74 pedestrians, 108 motorcyclists and 12 bicyclists who have died on state roads and highways in 2013.
Greenwood County is also at half the fatality rate from last year, down from 8 to 4.
Newberry County has an even better decrease, from 12 last year to 5 so far in 2013.
Spartanburg is down from 43 to 26 for this year, while Anderson County is down from 44 to 30.
Union County’s fatalities have jumped over last year. From only 1 at this time in 2012, Union now has 3 highway fatalities for the year. Abbeville County is up from 3 to 7. Greenville County is up slightly, from 55 fatalities last year to 56 so far in 2013.
Saluda County is even with last year, at 5 fatalities through November 3rd.