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South Carolina roads are among the nation's most dangerous

Throughout the course of a year, various state rankings will hit the news. For example, South Carolina is often marked as a popular tourist destination. At the same time, however, some of the rankings aren’t quite as desirable. Recently, South Carolina's residents were named the second-worst drivers in the country.

Hit and run accident kills one and injures another

A 72-year-old motorist from Greenwood was killed and another 60-year-old Saluda driver suffered serious injuries in a three-car crash on Feb. 7. Police blame that accident on a hit and run driver who made unsafe lane changes. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is continuing its accident investigation.

Two dead in Conway when truck runs stop sign

Intersections may be particularly fatal for drivers, passengers and pedestrians. The United States suffered 8,766 fatalities in intersection or intersection related crashes in 2012. This is a 5.4 percent increase from the 8,317 deaths in these accidents in this country in 2011. South Carolina suffered 863 traffic deaths in 2012 of which 156 were related to an intersection or intersection-related car accident. There were 142 fatalities in intersection crashes reported in the state one year earlier.

Greenville latest city to consider distracted driving ban

As reported in earlier blogs, South Carolina and Montana are the only two states that do not have a comprehensive ban on distracted driving. Cities in South Carolina have enacted differing bans on this behavior.

Drivers face mixed South Carolina texting laws

South Carolina is one of a few states without an outright ban on texting while driving. As a result, drivers in the state face inconsistent rules on distracted driving and penalties, depending on which county and municipality they are driving in. The inconsistent laws and uncertainty can have a lethal impact.

Driver's attempted U-turn results in death of motorcyclist

Operating motorcycles has become a public health "concern" according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reported that between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists died and an estimated 1.2 million persons were treated in emergency departments for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries.

Cell phone laws do not distract drivers from using devices

A recent blog discussed local efforts to prohibit drivers from using cell phones and texting because South Carolina is one of three states that have no general prohibition against motorists using electronic devices. While governments have tried to address this problem in the last four years, distracted driving and its dangers persist and may be growing.

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