Local Road Fatalities Reduced Over Half

  Laurens County highway fatality statistics officially remain less than half the number for this time last year. According to the State Public Safety Department preliminary statistics as of midnight Sunday night, December 15th, the Laurens County fatality total for 2013 was 10 deaths. The same date in 2012 Laurens County had 22 deaths.

  Statewide as of Sunday night 714 people have died on South Carolina Highways, compared to 822 highway deaths at the same time period in 2012.  Of the 714 fatalities, 469 were motor vehicle occupants, 263 of these were not wearing seat belts. 116 motorcyclists, 88 pedestrians and 13 bicyclists were among the 714 people killed on South Carolina Highways in 2013 as of December 15th.

   Some of our neighboring counties also have much improved statistics for 2013, Newberry County is down from 13 to 6 fatalities and Greenwood County is down from 10 to 6. Anderson County dropped from 48 to 32 and Spartanburg similarly down from 47 to 31 fatalities. Saluda County is down from 8 to 5.

   Other neighboring counties have increased fatalities for 2013, compared to the same time in 2012. Greenville County is up from 63 to 64, Abbeville is up from 4 to 7 fatalities and Union County is up 1 to 3.