COLUMBIA, S.C — . Richland County continues to lead the other 45 counties in the state in the number of traffic deaths so far this year. the S.C. Department of Public Safety said Monday.
Richlands road death toll stands at 24, compared with Greenville, the next highest, which has 21. The figures are current as of midnight Sunday.
Richlands soaring number of traffic fatalities contrasts markedly with statewide figures.
Overall, almost 100 fewer people have been killed on South Carolinas roads so far this year 239 compared with 324 at the same time in 2012.
Lack of seat belt use in motor vehicles continues to be a major contributor to highway deaths.
Of 174 motor vehicle occupants killed so far this year, 108 or 62 percent were not buckled up. However, some 90 percent of South Carolinians now wear seat belts
Other large categories of traffic deaths were 28 pedestrians, 29 motorcyclists and four bicyclists.
Lexington reported 12 fatalities; Kershaw, 7; Newberry, 1; Charleston, 11; Spartanburg, 12; Sumter, 7; Calhoun, 2; and Orangeburg, 11.
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