This article published less than a year ago is very informative about which counties in SC are the most and least safe, at least statistically. The good news is that overall safety is trending higher in SC. Of course, each time you get behind the wheel is independent of any statistics, and each of us controls our own safety awareness and driving habits. If only everyone practiced what we were taught when learning how to drive. Focus on the road. Miminize distractions. Never drink or drive while impaired. Next text or use your cell phone. Always watch out for other drivers and have an “escape plan” if someone else comes into your lane. This Memorial Day weekend, please be safe and keep your family our of harm’s way.

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Chance Of Being In Fatal Accident Greatest In 5 SC Counties

In 2009, traffic deaths in SC were more likely to occur on rural roads.
By: Kris Hummer | AAA
Published: August 02, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Traffic deaths in South Carolina in 2009 were more likely to occur along rural roads, according to an analysis by AAA Carolinas.Lee, Marlboro, McCormick, Clarendon, and Williamsburg Counties top AAA’s list of dangerous counties for 2009 fatalities, the latest year for which statistics are available.  These five counties represented seven percent of 2009 traffic deaths but only three percent of the state’s total vehicle miles traveled.Rural roads are generally narrower, with lower shoulders, faded or non-existent road markers, more curves and less police presence than major highways.“SC Department of Transportation is committed to making our roads as safe as possible through engineering and education,” said Transportation Secretary Robert J. St. Onge, Jr.“ Motorists can do their part by slowing down, paying close attention, never drinking and driving, and always wearing their seat belts, which is their best defense if they’re in a crash.”

Lee County was the most dangerous for being killed in a traffic collision in 2009, according to the crash analysis. Lee County roads logged a fatality rate of 4.5 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled compared to the statewide fatality rate of 1.83 deaths per 100 million vehicles miles traveled.

Additionally, .Lee County had 1.7 percent (16) of the state’s 894 traffic fatalities while carrying only .7 percent of the vehicle miles traveled.

South Carolina traffic deaths dropped by 2.9 percent in 2009 to 894 traffic fatalities from 921 fatalities in 2008.

In 2008, SC was ranked the third most dangerous state per mile driven with a fatality rate at 1.86 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, according to Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).  NC was ranked 18th most dangerous state in same analysis. The 2009 rate for SC was 1.83, a small improvement from 2008.

Safest counties in SC were: Calhoun for all collisions, Jasper for traffic injuries and Newberry for fatal crashes, according to the AAA ranking.

“It is gratifying to see the decrease in fatalities but dismaying to note that more than two still people die every day on SC roads,” said David E. Parsons, CEO and president of AAA Carolinas.

The deadliest county for the total number of fatalities was Horry (Myrtle Beach), where 64 individuals were killed in traffic accidents in 2009. This represents 7.3 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities while the county logged nearly six percent of all vehicle miles traveled.

McCormick and Oconee Counties have the highest percentage of crashes and injuries from motorcycles for 2009.

AAA Carolinas’ annual Dangerous County analysis, inaugurated in 1995, is one of several ways to look at SC traffic crash data and done to remind motorists in the state the need for safe and defensive driving.

Dangerous counties are ranked based on the likelihood of a certain type of crash based on total vehicle miles driven.  Counties are listed in order of 2009 ranking.

All crashes: Greenville, Charleston, Richland (Columbia), Pickens and Greenwood

Injury crashes: Greenwood, Sumter, Marlboro, Florence, and Lancaster

Fatal crashes: Lee, Marlboro, McCormick, Clarendon and Williamsburg

For all vehicles in SC the total number of crashes decreased less than one percent to 106,863 from last year’s 107,252, and injury crashes increased less than one percent to 31,086 from 31,053 in 2008.

The safest counties in 2009 for all motorists, with the smallest percentage of accidents per mile driven, were:

All crashes: Calhoun, Fairfield, Jasper, Allendale and Clarendon

Injury crashes: Jasper, Calhoun, Newberry, Clarendon and Allendale

Fatal crashes: Newberry, Spartanburg, Richland (Columbia), Dillon and Beaufort