So far in 2017 (June 26, 2017) there have been 434 fatal car crashes with 473 people killed on South Carolina roads. That’s according to the State Department of Public Safety. This is a decrease from the of 17 fatal crashes in 2016 (451) and a decrease of 9 persons killed in those crashes (482 persons in 2016).
In 2017, Barnwell County has had 3 fatal crashes which resulted in the deaths of 5 persons. This is an increase of 3 deaths this time in 2016.
South Carolina continues to rank in the top 5 states with the highest number of highway fatalities.
South Carolina Highway Patrol has dubbed the time period from Memorial day to Labor day as the “100 Deadly Days” of Summer. The time between Memorial and Labor Day is when they see more deadly accidents on the roads than any other time during the year.
South Carolina Highway Patrol says the increase in accidents isn’t just due to more cars on the road. It also is attributed to an increase in impaired driving, not wearing seatbelts, and an increase of motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic, as well as young teenage drivers all out on the roads during this time.
“That’s where personal responsibility comes into play,” said Trooper Matt Southern, SC Highway Patrol. “You know, we really want folks to do what they’re supposed to do every time they’re behind the wheel of a car. Buckling up, driving the speed limit, not drinking and driving, and limiting distractions as much as possible.”
State troopers will be stepping up enforcement during this time.
“Everyone that has a stake hold in this roadway has the ability to help us get to that Target Zero. It would keep us from having to notify a family member that they lost a loved one due to the fact that they were killed in a crash,” said Trooper Southern.
They say their goal is to have zero fatalities out there on the roads. They say one life lost is far too many.