Richland traffic fatalities continue to soar: county leads state

jmonk@thestate.comJuly 2, 2013 

— Deaths from car crashes continued to rise in Richland County last week, and the county maintained its lead over the state’s other 45 counties in traffic fatalities from Jan. 1 through Sunday midnight.

As of that time, Richland had 31 dead on its roads, five ahead of Greenville County, which had 26 deaths, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety, which issues statistics weekly.

The only other county with more than 20 traffic fatalities was Horry, with 24.

Lexington County had 15 traffic deaths, a significant decline from last year at this time when 33 people had died on its roads.

Statewide, fewer people are dying in traffic so far this year – 337 – compared with last year year-to-date total of 414, according to DPS.

This year’s total year to date includes 37 pedestrians, 51 motorcyclists and six bicyclists.

Some other counties and their tolls: Aiken, 15; Berkeley, 15; Charleston, 17; Calhoun, 2; Florence, 19; Kershaw, 11; Newberry, 1; Orangeburg, 13; Sumter, 9; and Spartanburg, 17.

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